Jasper native Lewis joins UCLA staff

From Herald Staff Reports


Jasper native Michael Lewis was officially announced as the newest member of the UCLA men’s basketball coaching staff on Thursday afternoon.

After spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Nebraska, Lewis joins new UCLA head coach Mick Cronin as a member of the Bruins staff.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for me and my family,” said Lewis, in a press release presented by UCLA. “I am very grateful to Coach Cronin to be able to join the coaching staff at UCLA. He has a clear vision for how to build a consistent winner, and our staff will do everything possible to help him get the Bruins back to the top.”

Lewis, a standout athlete at Jasper High School from 1993-1996, still holds plenty of records with the Wildcats’ basketball program including their all-time scoring title (2,138).

After his strong career with the Cats, Lewis went on to play for head coach Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers. He graduated from the Hoosiers as their all-time leader in assists but he’s now currently second on that list as Yogi Ferrell totaled 633 assists from 2012-15.

His coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech in 2004-05 before become an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin. After that, he was on the coaching staffs at Eastern Illinois and Butler. Lewis was an instrumental part of the Bulldogs’ success as they went 108-63 during his stint as Lewis worked under coaches Brad Stevens, Brandon Miller and Chris Holtmann.

Most recently, Lewis was an assistant under Tim Miles with the Cornhuskers. In those three years, Lewis helped guide Nebraska to a 53-47 mark — the program’s best three-year win total in nearly 10 years.

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