Jan. 31, 2003
Houston, Texas - The University of Houston will pay tribute to former player and coach Guy V. Lewis on February 8 when the Cougars play host to Louisville in a Conference USA game at 8:00 p.m.at Hofheinz Pavilion. Lewis will be honored at a special halftime ceremony and a Guy V. Lewis bobblehead doll will be given to the first 3,000 fans at the game.
Lewis spent 35 seasons at UH and was a part of some of the most successful moments in school history. He was team captain on Houston's first two teams that won two Lone Star Conference championships and advanced to the NAIB National Tournament in Kansas City.
He returned to Houston as an assistant coach in 1953 and helped guide the Cougars to their first NCAA Tournament appearance and first Missouri Valley Conference Championship in 1955-56. Following the NCAA Tournament, Lewis replaced Alden Pasche as Houston's head coach and began one of the most storied careers in collegiate basketball.
During the next 30 seasons (1956-86), his teams won 592 games, played in five NCAA Final Fours, and won 31 or more games three times. The Cougars also won two Southwest Conference regular season championships and four SWC Postseason Tournament titles.
He coached 15 All-Americans, and 26 of his players scored 1,000 points in their careers. Lewis also produced 11 first round and 29 overall NBA Draft selections. Three of his former players (Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler) scored more than 20,000 career points in their NBA careers and were listed among the NBA's all-time "Top 50 Players" in 1996-97. Lewis joined Dean Smith as the only collegiate coach to produce three players on that list.
UH honored Lewis when they named the basketball floor in Hofheinz Pavilion the "Guy V. Lewis Court" in 1995. He also was inducted into the UH Hall of Honor as a player in 1971 and as a coach in 1998. Last September, Lewis received the first Don Haskins Texas Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Basketball Committee. The award honors a coach or player who has advanced the sport in Texas.
Fans wishing to attend the game can get tickets by calling the University of Houston Ticket Office at (713) 743-9444.