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Carl Lewis
Carl  Lewis

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Houston


Carl Lewis is in his fourth season as a full-time assistant coach at the University of Houston.

Lewis played a key role in the Cougars 2017 Men's 4x100-meter Relay NCAA Championships. Working with the sprinters, Lewis' team of John Lewis III, Mario Burke, Jacarias Martin and Cameron Burrell ran 38.44 to break the school record and claim the gold medals. Lewis' athletes in the sprints and jumps claimed nine individual American Athletic Conference Championships in 2017, while Burrell finished as the runner up at each of the indoor 60-meter dash and outdoor 100-meter dash national championships.

In his first two seasons, Lewis helped lead the Cougars to nine individual American Athletic Conference Championships and NCAA runner-up finished in the 60-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay in 2016. 

Lewis is known as one of the greatest athletes in the world winning 10 Olympic medals, nine of those gold, and 10 world championship medals. He still holds the school records for the indoor 55-meter dash (6.07) and both indoor and outdoor long jump records 8.56m (28’-1”) and 8.62m (28’-3.5”). A six-time All-American, Lewis won six national championships and nine individual conference championships during his two seasons at Houston.

Lewis came to Houston to run for head coach Tom Tellez in 1979. A year later, he appeared on the national scene when he qualified for the United States team for the 1980 Olympics in the long jump and 4x100 relay team. Since then, he competed in four Olympic Games as a member of team USA.

He held the world record in the men’s 100-meter dash in 1991, until Burrell broke the record in 1994. The two were also a part of the US 4x100 relay team that broke the world record during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Carl Lewis’ achievements are unprecedented in track and field: He is one of two athletes to win nine Olympic gold medals. Similarly, he is one of two to win four golds in the same event. He also won 10 medals, including eight golds, at the World Outdoor Championships, the most by any athlete in the world. Growing up in Willingboro, N.J., Lewis came from an athletic family, and yet he blossomed late in his high school career.

The following year, as a freshman at the University of Houston, he qualified for the Olympic team in the long jump. Because of the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics, Lewis had to wait four years for his Olympic glory.

By 1984, he had already ranked number one in the world in both the 100 meters and long jump for three consecutive years. In Los Angeles, he matched Jesse Owens’ 1936 feat with four gold medals in the same events -- the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay. Lewis’ talent was matched by his longevity. At the 1988 Olympics, he won the 100 meters and long jump. In 1992, he again won the long jump as well as the 4x100m, anchoring the U.S. team to a world record of 37.40.

In 1996, in his final Olympics, Lewis had a dramatic farewell, winning his fourth-consecutive gold medal in the long jump. At age 30, he had one of his greatest achievements, breaking the world 100m record with a time of 9.86 while winning the event at the 1991 World Championships. At that same meet, he had one of his greatest disappointments, losing his long jump streak of 65 consecutive victories to Mike Powell. It was an occasion on which Lewis recorded his longest jump ever -- 29’ 1 1/4” -- while Powell was breaking Bob Beamon’s legendary record with a jump of 29’ 4 1/2”.
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01/12/18
Leonard Hilton Invitational
Yeoman Fieldhouse
All Day
01/13/18
Carl Lewis High School Invite
Yeoman Fieldhouse
All Day
01/14/18
Joe Deloach Youth Meet
Yeoman Fieldhouse
All Day
01/20/18
Mark Colligan Memorial
at Mark Colligan Memorial
Lincoln, Neb.
All Day
01/26/18
Houston Invitational
Yeoman Fieldhouse
All Day
01/27/18
Houston Invitational
Yeoman Fieldhouse
All Day
02/02/18
Charlie Thomas Invitational
at Charlie Thomas Invitational
College Station, Texas
All Day
02/03/18
Charlie Thomas Invitational
at Charlie Thomas Invitational
College Station, Texas
All Day
02/09/18
Tyson Invitational
at Tyson Invitational
Fayetteville, Ark.
All Day
02/09/18
Howie Ryan Invitational
Yeoman Fieldhouse
All Day
02/10/18
Husky Classic
at Husky Classic
Seattle, Wash.
All Day
02/10/18
Tyson Invitational
at Tyson Invitational
Fayetteville, Ark.
All Day
02/11/18
Houston Seniors/Masters Meet
Yeoman Fieldhouse
All Day
02/23/18
vs The American Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Ala.
All Day
02/24/18
at The American Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Ala.
All Day
03/09/18
at NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas
All Day
03/10/18
at NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas
All Day
03/15/18
Cougar Spring Break Invitational
Carl Lewis Complex
All Day
03/16/18
at TSU Relays
Houston, Texas (TSU)
All Day
03/17/18
at TSU Relays
Houston, Texas (TSU)
All Day
03/23/18
Victor Lopez Classic
at Victor Lopez Classic
Houston, Texas (Rice)
All Day
03/24/18
Victor Lopez Classic
at Victor Lopez Classic
Houston, Texas (Rice)
All Day
03/28/18
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
at Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
03/29/18
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
at Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
03/30/18
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
at Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
03/31/18
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
at Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/07/18
Houston Alumni Invitational
Carl Lewis Complex
All Day
04/13/18
Texas Invitational
at Texas Invitational
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/14/18
Texas Invitational
at Texas Invitational
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/19/18
at Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, Calif.
All Day
04/20/18
at Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, Calif.
All Day
04/21/18
at Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, Calif.
All Day
04/21/18
J. Fred Duckett Twilight Invitational
at J. Fred Duckett Twilight Invitational
Houston, Texas (Rice)
All Day
04/26/18
Penn Relays
at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
All Day
04/27/18
Penn Relays
at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
All Day
04/28/18
Penn Relays
at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
All Day
04/28/18
Longhorn Invitational
at Longhorn Invitational
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/29/18
Longhorn Invitational
at Longhorn Invitational
Austin, Texas
All Day
05/04/18
Tom Tellez Invitational
Carl Lewis Complex
All Day
05/11/18
vs The American Outdoor Championships
Cincinnati, Ohio
All Day
05/12/18
vs The American Outdoor Championships
Cincinnati, Ohio
All Day
05/13/18
vs The American Outdoor Championships
Cincinnati, Ohio
All Day
05/23/18
vs NCAA West Prelims
Sacramento, Calif.
All Day
05/24/18
vs NCAA West Prelims
Sacramento, Calif.
All Day
05/25/18
vs NCAA West Prelims
Sacramento, Calif.
All Day
06/06/18
vs NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
All Day
06/07/18
vs NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
All Day
06/08/18
vs NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
All Day
06/09/18
vs NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
All Day

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