A coaching veteran of the Pacific-10 Conference, Mark Lewis enters his fifth year with the Washington State women's basketball team and his first season as an associate head coach.
Lewis joined Sherri Murrell's staff in 2002, serving as the recruiting coordinator/assistant coach for the past four seasons, after spending a season at Western Kentucky. The 21-year coaching veteran is no stranger to the Conference of Champions as he spent five seasons at Arizona State from 1996-2001.
Since Lewis' arrival at WSU, the Cougars inked: Kate Benz, two-time Pac-10 rebounding champ and the first player in school history to garner Pac-10 Player of the Week honors since 1997; Adriane Ferguson, the first player from the Greater Spokane League to choose WSU since 1985; Ebonee Coates, who was named as one of the Top 100 seniors by Blue Star Index in 2004.
While in Tempe, Lewis helped lead the Sun Devils on a steady climb to national prominence, capped by their first-ever Pac-10 championship in 2001, and consecutive postseason appearances, including a spot in the 2001 NCAA Tournament (ASU's first since 1992). The Sun Devils also finished the year ranked 25th in the nation by the Associated Press, earning their first season-ending ranking in 18 years.
A 1982 graduate of Southern Mississippi, Lewis earned his bachelor's degree in athletic administration and coaching. While a student at Southern Mississippi, Lewis worked two years in the athletics' business and ticket office.
Lewis, an avid reader and dog enthusiast, is the proud owner of "Coach", a mini-lab.
The Lewis File
BORN: Feb. 17, 1960
HOMETOWN: Portsmouth, Ohio
HIGH SCHOOL: Iroquois High School - Erie, Pa.
COLLEGE: Southern Mississippi (1979-82) - earned bachelor's degree in athletic administration and coaching.
Washington State University, 2002-Present
Associate Head Coach. Served as recruiting coordinator/assistant coach from 2002-2006. 2006-07 recruiting class ranked 39th by the Blue Star Report.
Western Kentucky, 2001-02
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator for team that reached WNIT. Blue Star Index ranked fall recruiting class 35th in nation. Signed 25th ranked player in the nation according to publication.
Arizona State University, 1996-2001
Assistant Coach. Served as recruiting coordinator; helped guide program to national prominence capped by program's first Pac-10 regular season title in 2001 and a spot in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. Team also made appearance in 2000 WNIT.
University of Cincinnati, 1991-95
Assistant Coach. Coordinated all recruiting efforts for Bearcat program. Blue Star Index ranked 1995 recruiting class among the nation's top 40. 1992 class featured two first-team junior college All-Americans.
Memphis State University, 1985-1991
Assistant Coach. Recruiting coordinator for a team that produced a pair of Metro Conference championships and berths to the 1985 and 1987 NCAA Tournaments. Prior to his assistant coach duties, worked three years as an event assistant handling operations associated with the women's sports programs.