What They Are Saying about Coach Guy V. Lewis' Election to the Hall of Fame

April 8, 2013

"As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA Tournament, it seems only fitting the Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct a coach who led his teams to five Final Fours. Coach Lewis was an outstanding leader of young men, a pioneer in racial integration in this region and a visionary who instinctively realized the popularity of college basketball across the country. Without question, the game of college basketball continues to feel his impact today. I speak for everyone in the Houston Athletics Family when I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Coach Lewis, his wife Dena and their family on this well-deserved and outstanding honor. We celebrate with all of them today and eagerly await the enshrinement ceremonies in September."
-- Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades --

"This is an exciting day for Houston Basketball! Everyone in our program celebrates this Hall of Fame honor with Coach Lewis and his family. Coach Lewis was a trailblazer in recruiting and assembled tremendous talent. With his teams and the way they played the game, college basketball fans everywhere knew the Houston Cougars and Phi Slama Jama. Coach Lewis' excellence was spread out through the decades with great teams, great players and great moments from the 60s and 70s as well as the 80s. With three of his former stars already enshrined, it is only fitting that their coach take his rightful place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame."
-- Houston Men's Basketball Head Coach James Dickey --

"To me, this is one of the greatest wrongs that has been made right. I am ecstatic. It is tremendous to hear that Guy V. Lewis is in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Nothing could be put into words to express how happy I am for Coach Lewis. He was a hard worker, he was dedicated to the University, his players and his family, and he made sacrifices ... to take on another family (his teams) each year. He is just a super, unique and caring person."
-- Houston letterman (1965-68), Basketball Hall of Famer (`90) Elvin Hayes --
14-year NBA veteran; Leading scorer in Houston history; One of five players to have jersey number retired



"I have mixed emotions because it's long overdue. Coach Lewis' record, the players that he coached... his passion and his love and desire for the game of basketball goes without saying. What he has meant to the game of basketball is huge."
-- Houston letterman (1973-77) Otis Birdsong --
12-year NBA veteran; Second-leading scorer in Houston history; One of five players to have jersey number retired

"I am very happy for Coach Lewis, his family and Cougars everywhere. He was a phenomenal coach, and it's good to see him put on the pedestal with his peers."
-- Houston letterman (1980-83), head coach (1988-00), Basketball Hall of Famer (`04) Clyde Drexler --
15-year NBA veteran; Top-20 scorer in Houston history; One of five players to have jersey number retired

"I am so happy for Coach Lewis. It's been a long time waiting for him and his entire family. When you look at his resume and the final Final Fours, he was just a great coach. All of his players agree that he was a great coach and also a great friend. Anytime I talk with Coach Lewis, he always has a great message. He was a father figure to all of us and he was all the great things that it takes to be a great coach."
-- Houston letterman (1980-84) and current director of operations Michael Young --
Third-leading scorer in Houston history; One of five players to have jersey number retired

"I was very excited when I found out Coach Lewis was elected to the Hall of Fame. He's a winner and a great competitor, and he had an incredible impact on the game of basketball. Coach Lewis is one of the best coaches the game has known and is more than deserving of this great honor."
-- Houston letterman (1980-83) and current BYU Head Coach David Rose --

"This is a recognition that is long, long overdue, but I don't think that Coach Lewis needs this for any validation. As a contributor to basketball, he integrated basketball in the South and had the revolutionary ideas to put basketball on primetime television and in large arenas. As a coach, he had 592 wins, went to five Final Fours, coached three of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players and more. You put all that together, and there aren't many people in the Hall of Fame that can match his resume. I am extremely happy for Coach Lewis and his family. I am proud of the school and the program. It's a great day for Houston Basketball."
-- Houston letterman (1981-85) Reid Gettys --

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