Gary Tabs Kim Lewis as New Gents Asisstant Coach
Thursday, April 24, 2008

SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Greg Gary has chosen Kim Lewis to be his top assistant for his inaugural 2008-09 season at the helm of the Gents program. Gary announced on Thursday that his former co-worker at Duquesne and teammate at Tulane would join the Centenary coaching staff immediately.


“I’ve known and played with Coach Lewis for a long time,” said Gary. “His background in the game of basketball is exceptional and his work ethic and character are second to none. I couldn’t have found a better fit for our staff.”


Gary went on to say, “Coach Lewis is really good on the floor and will be a great recruiter in the South. He is from Louisiana, he knows the area well, and he is excited to be coming home.”


Lewis spent last season on the staff with Gary at Duquesne, which was his second year with the Dukes. Prior to that, he coached at Northeastern (2004-2006), McNeese State (2002-03), Xavier (La.) (2001-02), and Tulane (1996-98).


The 35-year-old Angie, La., native spent 1998 through 2001 playing professionally in the Icelandic Basketball League. While in Iceland, he led his team to a championship, earning MVP and best all-around player honors in the process. His first season in Iceland, he doubled as his team’s head coach.


Lewis first teamed up with Gary at Tulane University, where both men were members of the same Green Wave team in 1990-91 and 1991-92. Lewis was the Metro Conference Freshman of the Year in 1991 and helped the Green Wave to a ranking of No.14 in the AP Poll and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1992. He then led Tulane to the NIT in 1993 and a return visit to the NCAA Tournament in 1994.


Lewis still ranks as Tulane’s 11th all-time leading scorer and holds numerous other records. He was Tulane’s T-Club Male Athlete of the Year in 1994-95.


“I am glad to be here at Centenary,” said Lewis. “Coach Gary and I have a long history and a great relationship. It is special to be able to come home to Louisiana and work with a guy that you played with and fought battles on the court with.”


Lewis replaces Todd Russ on the Centenary staff, who held the position under former head coach Rob Flaska during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.