April 17, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Mark Lewis, who boasts 17 years of coaching experience including five seasons at Arizona State, has been hired as the recruiting coordinator for the Washington State women's basketball program, head coach Sherri Murrell announced, Wednesday.
"I am very fortunate to have Mark join our staff," said Murrell. "I have always respected Mark's ability to attract and recruit great student-athletes. His past knowledge and experience with the Pac-10 will be a great benefit to this program."
Lewis arrives to the Palouse after serving as an assistant at Western Kentucky this past season. Prior to his time at WKU, Lewis spent five years (1996-2001) as an assistant at Arizona State.
While at ASU, Lewis helped the Sun Devils' rise to national prominence, which was capped by their first Pacific-10 Conference regular season title in 2001 and a spot in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, marking the team's second straight postseason appearance.
Before arriving at Arizona State, Lewis was an assistant at Cincinnati from 1991-95, coordinating all recruiting and scouting efforts for the Bearcats. During his stint at Cincinnati, Blue Star Index ranked Lewis' 1995 recruiting class among the nation's top 40, while his 1992 class featured two first-team junior college All-Americans. In addition, the Bearcats made three consecutive postseason appearances and produced a WNBA draft pick through Lewis' tenure.
Lewis began his coaching career in 1985 as an assistant coach at Memphis State after working three years as an event assistant at the University, where he handled all operations associated with the Tigers' women's sports programs.
During his six-year period at MSU, Lewis served as recruiting coordinator for a team that produced a pair of Metro Conference championships and berths to the 1985 and 1987 NCAA Tournaments.
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's wife, Ilene Hauser-Lewis, serves as the coordinator of college scouting and community relations' manager for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.