Darryll Lewis grew up in southern California where he played high school football for Nogales High in La Puente, CA.
Following his high school football career, Lewis traveled east to the University of Arizona where he would have an outstanding career as a Wildcat defensive back.
In 1990, Lewis was awarded the Jim Thorpe award, given to the nation's top defensive back, was named the Pac-10's defensive player of the year and was named to the Sporting News All-American team.
After his outstanding career at the University of Arizona, Lewis was selected by the Houston Oilers in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft. Four years later, Lewis was named to the 1995 Pro Bowl team. During his Pro Bowl year he was inducted into the University of Arizona's Hall of Fame.
Lewis spent eight seasons with the Oiler franchise, starting 82 games, intercepting 27 passes for 540 yards, garnering four sacks and scoring five touchdowns.
The veteran defensive back was signed by the San Diego Chargers in 1999. Lewis played under the instruction of Mike Riley for two seasons before retiring from the NFL in 2001. The Denver Broncos flirted with signing Lewis in 2001, but backed off due to a knee injury that required surgery.
Under Riley, Lewis started 15 games, had one sack, five interceptions, two touchdowns, and recovered two fumbles.
Lewis received his first coaching experience in 2001 at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles as the Democrat's assistant coach. But his stay in California would be short as Lewis would return to the college ranks at the University of Idaho as the Vandals secondary coach.
But UI would release Lewis from his contract and allow him to join Riley in Corvallis as the Beavers secondary coach.
"Darryll is a young man who played at a high level in the National Football League. He finished his career at San Diego and we had the pleasure of coaching Darryll in his final two seasons. He is a quality person and has a tremendous desire to work with young men.
I think he will be a tremendous role model for our young men and he will be a real student of the techniques of the game with our players. I think he will add a lot to this staff in the way of enthusiasm and be a valuable recruiter in Southern California where he coached high school football."