The Vanderbilt football program is making some changes to its staff.
According to a release from the program, Commodores head coach Derek Mason has swapped the duties of outside linebackers coach Osia Lewis to allow him to focus on his health. Mason and Lewis have been friends since Mason was a teenager in Arizona.
Vanderbilt will hire a full-time assistant to replace Lewis, who is currently battling liver cancer.
In the meantime, the 54-year-old Lewis will now serve as chief consultant to the head coach and senior defensive assistant.
“Osia is family,” Mason said in a statement. “Some people run from these things, but we’ve chosen to run to it. I believe Osia and Darlene, with what they’ve poured into this program, their journey is a testament to what it means to be family. They’ve given everything they have to this program, moving from San Diego to Nashville because I asked them to. I truly believe it’s important for us to take the journey with them. That’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
Lewis will continue to keep his office at the team facility so he can come in to meet with the coaching staff and players.