Kevin Lewis

    Hometown:
    Highland Falls, N.Y.

    High School:
    James O'Neill '82

    Last College:
    SMU '86

    Position:
    Senior Associate Coach

    Birthdate:
    11/06/1964

    Years at UH:
    2006-10

    Kevin Lewis

    Kevin Lewis served on the men's basketball staff from 2006-10 as a senior associate coach. During his tenure, the Cougars won 103 games and competed in the postseason in all but one season.

    In 2009-10, Lewis helped lead the Cougars on an impressive run through the postseason. With four wins in four days at the GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship - including a come-from-behind thriller against No. 25 UTEP in the title game - the Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades.

    It also marked the sixth straight season that the Cougars won at least 18 games, a first in program history.

    In 2008-09, the Cougars posted a 21-12 record and competed in a postseason tournament for the third time in the last four seasons.

    In 2007-08, the Cougars enjoyed one of their finest campaigns in recent history. UH posted a 24-10 record, finishing third in Conference USA. Earning an invitation to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational, the Cougars advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Tulsa.

    In 2006-07, Lewis helped lead Houston to 18 wins and its third straight winning season for the first time since 1992-93. The Cougars also enjoyed their highest Conference USA finish in both the regular season and conference tournament.

    Lewis came to Houston after serving four years as an assistant coach at TCU. During that stint, he helped guide the Horned Frogs to a 21-14 record and the quarterfinals of the 2004 NIT.

    It was TCU's first 20-win season and postseason tournament appearance since 1999.

    Lewis worked as an assistant coach at Baylor from 1999 to 2002 and helped lead the Bears to the 2001 NIT.

    Prior to his stint at Baylor, Lewis served one season as an assistant coach at New Mexico during the 1998-99 campaign.

    Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Lewis spent eight years as a high school coach in Houston. He served as the head coach at Episcopal High School from 1990 to 1996 and led the team to back-to-back Southwest Preparatory Conference championships in 1995 and 1996.

    In addition several of his players went on to compete at the NCAA Division I level, including Ben Echols, who Lewis coached at Baylor in 1999-2000.

    From 1996 to 1998, Lewis served as the head coach at the Homeschool Christian Youth Association (HCYA), a program for students who are educated at home.

    Following his collegiate playing days, Lewis was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the sixth round of the 1986 NBA Draft. He played professionally with Hobart and Melbourne in Australia during the 1986-87 season. After returning from Australia, Lewis spent time with the Dallas Mavericks before a five-month stint with the Harlem Magicians.

    Before beginning his coaching career, Lewis was an award-winning player at SMU. A four-year letterman, he helped lead the Mustangs to a combined 85-40 record and three postseason tournament appearances, including consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 1984 and 1985.

    As a senior, Lewis earned All-Southwest Conference First-Team honors and was named SMU's Most Valuable Player after averaging 18.6 points per game. The Mustangs also competed in the 1986 NIT, the program's third straight postseason appearance.

    Lewis ended his collegiate career with 1,026 points and 413 rebounds in 111 games, including 67 starts.

    A native of Highland Falls, N.Y., Lewis graduated from SMU in 1986 with a degree in psychology.

    Better known by his nickname "Ice", Lewis acquired the moniker in eighth grade and early in his prep career at James O'Neill High for hitting multiple game-winning shots.

    He and his wife, Veronica, have three children: Kelvin, who is a senior guard at Houston, Kalvin and Kaillyn. The family lives in Sugar Land.

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