Menzies Adds Gerald Lewis To Basketball Staff

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men's basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has hired Gerald Lewis as Coordinator of Player Development, the first-year coach announced Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Lewis played professional basketball in Europe from six years after he was a first team All-Southwest Conference selection at Southern Methodist. He was also an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana. His responsibilities with the Aggies include directing the mentoring program and assisting with daily administrative duties.

"Gerald is a very valuable addition to the staff based on his experience primarily playing professionally for six years, in addition to his time spent as a full-time assistant at Southeastern Louisiana," Menzies said. "I think to get someone with that type of experience in that position is a big benefit to our new staff."

Lewis was a member of the Southeastern Louisiana squad in 2004-05 that made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and tallied the best record in school history, 24-9.

"I'm very excited about joining the staff," Lewis said. "It's a great opportunity to do a lot of special things. The conference is in a good position getting recognized nationally and it's a good place to be."

Lewis was an all-conference honoree as a senior for SMU in 1993. That season, he recorded three triple-doubles and is one of only eight players in NCAA history to achieve such a feat. Other players on the list include Jason Kidd, Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson. Lewis also held school records for career steals, 209, and single-season steals, 79.

Professionally, Lewis was a five-time all-star in the Croatian Basketball League when he played for Rijeka and Zadar, Croatia from 1994-2000. In 1996, he was the all-star game most valuable player. Lewis also spent a season playing with Pezinok, Slovakia.

Lewis earned a bachelor's degree from SMU in 1993 and he is currently pursing his master's degree.