Rams Women's Hoops Adds Lewis as Assitant
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State women's basketball team added Kellie Lewis as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2018-19 season, according to head coach Ryun Williams.
Lewis was most recently the head coach of the Florida Atlantic women's basketball program, holding that position for five seasons. She also spent a combined nine years at Nebraska and Washington, serving in assistant coaching positions that included the coordination of each program's recruiting efforts. In her career, Lewis has coached in the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 (then Pac-10), Conference USA and Sun Belt.
"Kellie will be a great addition to our staff," Williams said. "She comes to us with valuable head coaching experience and was a dynamite recruiter during her time as an assistant at Nebraska and Washington. She knows what a good player looks like, knows how to recruit them and is very good at developing their talent."
Lewis coached a high-scoring offense throughout her tenure at FAU, including the program's No. 2 all-time single-season scoring offense both by total points (2,331) and average (77.7). Her teams made 195 three-pointers or more in four seasons, and broke the school record for threes in a season twice. The Owls sunk 264 triples in 2013-14, then 294 in 2015-16, which was also a Conference USA record.
In addition to those single-season three-point field goal records, the Owls also set the program record for highest team three-point field goal percentage (.350) in 2015-16. Among other records set under Lewis' guidance were C-USA's single-game three-point field goals record (20 vs. UTEP on March 5, 2014), as well as FAU single-game records for margin of victory (77 vs. Florida Memorial on Nov. 16, 2013) and steals (33 vs. Florida Memorial on Nov. 16, 2013).
Prior to her head coaching position at Florida Atlantic, Lewis was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Nebraska for five seasons. The Huskers reached the postseason three times during her tenure, and won its first and only Big 12 title with a 32-2 (16-0 conference) record in 2009-10. Among her recruiting accomplishments at Nebraska were signing a top-25 class in 2011, the highest during then-head coach Connie Yori's tenure, as well as the signing of 2009 Washington Gatorade High School Player of the Year Lindsey Moore.
Lewis also coached as an assistant for four years during Yori's tenure at Washington, and helped lead the Huskies to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007. She also coordinated recruiting efforts at UW, and in 2006, the Huskies signed a six-player class that was rated eighth in the nation by Blue Star Basketball.
Prior to coaching in the college game, Lewis was head coach at Bishop Kelley High School (Boise, Idaho) and of the Idaho Elite, a club team that she co-founded. Her high school squads combined for three district titles, and Bishop Kelly's varsity team reach the state title game in 2002. Lewis, who was 87-33 as a high school coach, also led the Idaho Elite to the Midsummer Nights Madness Tournament title that year. 25 members of that club team were tabbed all-state over her tenure, while 12 signed with Division I programs.
Lewis was a two-time captain as a player for Boise State, and earned All-Big Sky honors in 1997 and 1998. Her name continues to appear throughout the Broncos' record book today, including No. 3 all-time career rankings in three-point field goals made (163) and free throw percentage (.807), as well as a No. 11 position in three-point field goal percentage (.337) and 20th-place ranking in career points (829).
Lewis, who was valedictorian of her class at Placer High School (Auburn, Calif.), graduated from Boise State in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in social science/public affairs with an emphasis in sociology and psychology. She has one daughter, Kobie.