June 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State women's basketball head coach Nyla Milleson completed her 2012-13 Lady Bear coaching staff Wednesday (June 13) with the hiring of Christopher Lewis as assistant coach. Lewis, who comes to Missouri State after serving as an assistant coach at Morgan State University for the past four seasons, began his duties June 12, filling the vacancy created by Carly Stubblefield's departure last month.
"Chris is a great addition to our staff," Milleson said. "He has experience as both a head and assistant coach, and is a basketball junkie whose ability to recruit and develop players will serve as a strong asset to the Lady Bear program."
Lewis comes to Missouri State after a four-year stint as an assistant coach for the women's team at Morgan State University in Baltimore. While at Morgan State, Lewis served as the program's recruiting coordinator and helped the team to a pair of second-place finishes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and a WNIT appearance in 2011.
Prior to Morgan State, Lewis spent three seasons as the head women's coach at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, turning a program that had lost 73 consecutive games into an NAIA National Tournament participant in his second season before going 23-10 overall in 2007-08 with a No. 20 national ranking and NAIA Round of 16 appearance in his final year, upsetting No. 4 Oklahoma City University in the process.
Lewis spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant at Missouri Baptist University, where he recruited two players who earned NAIA All-America status during their careers.
Before joining Missouri Baptist, Lewis was a student assistant coach in the women's and men's programs at his alma mater, Emporia State. The women's program compiled a 93-27 mark in four seasons, winning two Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championships, making three trips to the national tournament and earning a Division II ranking as high as No. 2 in the nation during the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Lewis received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Emporia State in 2003. His appointment is subject to the approval of the Missouri State University Board of Governors.