Georgetown University named Jim Lewis their interim head women’s basketball coach on Oct. 24. Lewis replaces Keith Brown, who resigned after an investigation into players' accusations of unprofessional conduct and inappropriate language.
Lewis has over 40 years of coaching experience and most recently was an assistant coach and scout for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, a team he left in May. He previously was a head coach or assistant with three other WNBA teams and spent 14 years as George Mason's coach.
I'd like to first thank President DeGioia and Athletic Director Lee Reed for this tremendous opportunity that's been afforded to me," said Lewis. "Secondly, I'd like to thank my family for continuing to support me throughout my long basketball coaching career. It's truly an honor to have a chance to represent one of the great universities in the world."
Lewis began his career as a men's basketball coach, serving as an assistant at Tennessee State University from 1969-70. He was also on staff at Gannon College (1970-71), Duke University (1971-76) and Tulane University (1976-81). After a brief stint coaching at South Lakes High School where he coached All-Met Player of the Year and Georgetown alum Michael Jackson, Lewis switched over to the emerging women's game, being named the head coach at George Mason University in 1984.
He led the Patriots for 14 seasons and was the winningest coach in both men's and women's basketball program history when he left, having compiled an overall record of 201-177 at George Mason.
Lewis left the Patriots to become the first head coach of the Washington Mystics of the WNBA, a role he served in for one season.
In 2000, he returned to the collegiate ranks as the head women's coach at Fordham University for six seasons where he led two players to Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player Awards in 2003 and 2004 and four players to All-Conference recognition. Including his time at Fordham and George Mason, Lewis has recorded a 257-295 record in 20 years as a collegiate head coach.
His WNBA career continued in 2006 as he served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx for one year and with the Indiana Fever for three seasons as the director of scouting. Lewis helped the Fever win its first ever Eastern Conference Championship and reach the 2009 WNBA Finals before falling to the eventual champion Phoenix Mercury.
Georgetown, which returns seven letterwinners and three starters, opens the season at home on Friday, Nov. 8 hosting the Richmond Spiders Senior forward Andrea White averaged 10.4 points a games and is the top returning player for the Hoyas