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New coach Grant adds Lewis to Coppin basketball staff

Posted on 11 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Lewis added to Coppin State’s men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach

BALTIMORE — With the announcement that Doug Lewis will join Coppin State as an assistant coach, first-year head men’s basketball coach Michael Grant has added another familiar face to be part of his staff.

Lewis, who coached with Grant at Central State University as an associate head coach for five years, comes to Baltimore from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin where he worked during the 2013-14 season as the men’s basketball Director of Player and Community Development.

Lewis was a head coach at Division II institutions Central State (Ohio) and Northern Michigan where he compiled a 10-year overall coaching mark of 148-116.

Lewis experienced his greatest success as a head coach at Central State, where led his team to three 20-win seasons. The Maurauders won 22 games and participated in the NCAA Division II tournament in 2009-10. His 2008-09 and 2007-08 squads won Independent Athletic Association titles, posting marks of 19-8 and 21-4, respectively.

In 2008 and 2009, Lewis was named the Independent Athletic Association Coach of the Year. In 2006-07, Central went 22-5 and was the runner-up in the NCAA Division II National Independent Tournament.

Lewis became head men’s basketball coach at Central State in May of 2003 after a five-year stint as an associate head coach. He joined the Marauder coaching staff in July of 1998. As an associate head coach, he helped the Marauders to an 81-59 record in five seasons under Grant.

Prior to joining Central State, Lewis served as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, from 1993-1998. He played an important role that landed the best recruiting class for Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference for the 1996-97 season.

Lewis also served as an assistant coach for Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin under legendary coach James Gordon, who coached NBA player Latrell Sprewell. That year Washington High School won the 1993 Division I – Wisconsin High School State Basketball Championship. He was also a player on the King High School state championship teams in the 1980s.

Lewis played for Missouri State University where he helped it win consecutive Mid-Continent Conference championships and participate in the NCAA Division I tournament in 1988 and 1989. He was named Mid-Continent Conference newcomer of the year in 1987 and honorable mention all-conference in 1989.

During his playing days at Mesa Community College from 1985-87, Lewis was ranked as one of the five best point guards in the nation among junior college players. He also helped Mesa win the Arizona Conference championship and finish third in the National Junior College Division I tournament.  In each of his two years at Mesa, Lewis was an all-conference & all-region player both years.

Born in South Bend, Indiana and raised in Milwaukee, Lewis is married to Cheryl Lewis and has two daughters (Danielle 20, & Chelsea 12).

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