Jim Lewis
Jim Lewis

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
First Season


03/09/2014

Eighth-Seeded Hoyas Down Ninth-Seeded Musketeers, 56-37

Woodard and Battle both lead the way with 13 each

03/09/2014

Georgetown Falls in BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal

Battle leads the way with a career-best 20 points

03/07/2014

Unselfish Play Motivates Butler in Rookie Season

By Bobby Bancroft

03/04/2014

Hoyas Fall at No. 25/25 DePaul in Final Regular Season Game

Butler sets BIG EAST rebounding average records

03/01/2014

Women's Basketball Downs Providence on Senior Day

Butler breaks the BIG EAST rebounding record

03/09/2014

Georgetown vs. DePaul (USATSI)

Georgetown vs. DePaul (USATSI)

03/08/2014

Eighth-Seeded Hoyas Down Ninth-Seeded Musketeers, 56-37

Eighth-Seeded Hoyas Down Ninth-Seeded Musketeers, 56-37

03/01/2014

Georgetown Women's Basketball 71, Providence 65

Georgetown Women's Basketball 71, Providence 65 March 1, 2014 McDonough Arena | Washington, D.C.

02/18/2014

Georgetown Women's Basketball 60, No. 22 St. John's 57

Georgetown Women's Basketball 60, No. 22 St. John's 57 February 18, 2014 McDonough Arena | Washington, D.C.

02/08/2014

Georgetown Downs Xavier, 66-58

Georgetown Downs Xavier, 66-58

Jim Lewis came to the Hilltop as the head coach in 2013. He has more than 40 years of experience at every level of the game including stops with Team USA, as well as in the WNBA, NCAA and high school.

Most recently, the Virginia native was an assistant coach and scout for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

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 went 23-3 coaching 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. He coached the Green and Gold to eight winning seasons, including an appearance in the 1997 Preseason WNIT and led Mason through its inaugural season in the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985. During his time with the Patriots, Lewis also helped USA Basketball to four medals as an assistant on coaching staffs at the 1994 Jones Cup (gold), 1995 World University Games (silver), 1997 Junior World Championships (gold) and 1997 USA International Invitational (gold).

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.

After a brief stint as the head coach at T.C. Williams High School in his hometown of Alexandria, Va., where he went 22-1 and coached current-Washington Mystic Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Lewis joined the staff at Georgia Tech University in 2010-11. He followed that by returning to George Mason, the place he began his career coaching women's basketball, for one year.

Before his coaching career, Lewis was a four-year letterwinner at West Virginia University, competing in two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT, while earning his bachelor of science degree in journalism. A standout student-athlete, Lewis was awarded the William Randolph Hearst award for journalistic achievement as an undergrad. His 1964-65 freshman class was honored at West Virginia for breaking the color barrier at the University and he was the first African-American scholarship basketball player.

After graduating in 1968, he began his graduate work at University of Detroit and went on to earn his master's degree in physical education at Tennessee State.

Lewis and his wife of 39 years, Karen, have two children, Jennifer and Christopher, who both live in Alexandria, Va. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and went on to earn a master's degree from Columbia University. She is a physical therapist. Christopher was a two-year letterwinner at Harvard University. He is the vice president of a non-profit organization and was recently elected to the Alexandria School Board.

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