Jan. 15, 2008
Houston- - Former University of Houston basketball coach Guy V. Lewis will have surgery later this week to repair injuries he suffered before he was honored at halftime of last Saturday's game against Arizona.
Lewis, who has used a wheelchair since suffering a stroke, was standing up to hug a fan right after he arrived at UH's Athletics Alumni Center lost his balance. He fell backwards and struck his head on the car before hitting the pavement. The fall injured his right shoulder and hip.
"He will undergo surgery later this week," said his wife, Dena. "Prayers will be appreciated."
Because of limited space, Mrs. Lewis also asked for fans not visit at this time and in lieu of sending flowers, "they can make donations to the H Association Scholarship Fund." The H Association is the University of Houston's Lettermen's Club. Donations can be sent to H Association, P.O. Box 2008, Houston, TX 77225.
Despite the injuries, Lewis attended the pre-game reception with several of his former players to honor his induction into the newly founded College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City. Then, he attended the game and was honored at halftime as well.
Lewis was a team captain on Houston's first two teams that won the Lone Star Conference and advanced to the NAIB national tournament in Kansas City in 1946 and 1947. After serving three seasons as an assistant coach in 1953-56, Lewis was named Houston's head coach and during the next 30 seasons led the Cougars to 592 wins, 14 NCAA Tournaments, Five NCAA Final Fours and two NCAA Championship games. He also produced 27 consecutive non-losing seasons before retiring in 1986.