A key member of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Perry Clark's teams at Tulane, Kim Lewis, has joined the Islander coaching staff.
The former leader of the "Posse," Lewis joins the Islander staff after spending the past two seasons with the Green Wave under then head coach Dave Dickerson. It was his second stint with the Green Wave, having served as an assistant for three seasons (1996-98) under Clark after completing his collegiate career.
"I have known Kim for years and he is just a tremendous person," said Clark. "People who have watched him play and seen him coach through the years can attest to the type of person he is. He has a strong work ethic, is extremely dedicated to his job and has the ability to communicate with young players. His ability to communicate and teach those players is going to be critical this year with the roster we have.
"Having coached him in the past and seeing the type of job he has done as a coach at other schools, I really thought he was someone we needed at this time. He has the ability to really develop young players and, as I said, that will be extremely important for us."
During his collegiate career, Lewis played an integral role in helping build a program that had been dormant from 1985-86 until Clark resurrected the program in 1988-89. Lewis was named the Metro Conference Freshman of the Year in 1990-91 and was a second-team All-Metro selection as a sophomore. During that sophomore season, he led the Green Wave in scoring with 15.4 points a game helping the school to its first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament, its first conference crown and a No.-14 national ranking. After advancing to the NIT as a junior, the Green Wave returned to the NCAAs his senior season and compiled a record of 23-10 in the process.
Lewis, who helped Tulane to 78 victories in four seasons, is the career leader in steals and games played. He was 11th all-time in scoring entering the 2009-10 season and ranks amongst the all-time leaders in 3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted, 3-pointer percentages, free throws made and free throws attempted. He was named the Tulane T-Club Male Athlete of the Year as a senior.
Following his collegiate career, Lewis was selected in the seventh round of the CBA draft in 1995 by Sioux Falls with the 92nd pick. From 1998-2001, the newest Islander coach played in the Icelandic Basketball League. During that time he was named the league MVP and best all-around player, while leading his team to the league title. He doubled as the head coach his first season.
Upon finishing his playing career, Lewis re-entered coaching as an assistant at Xavier University in New Orleans. After one season, Lewis got his first taste of the Southland Conference when he accepted a position at McNeese State under Tic Price. After the 2002-03 season, Lewis joined another Clark protégé joining Ron Everhart at Northeastern and later followed him to Duquesne. In 2007-08, he spent one season at Centenary before heading back to Tulane.
A native of Angie, La., Lewis earned a bachelor's degree in media arts/communications from Tulane in 1994.