Kim Lewis begins his sixth season on the Spider staff in 2016-17. The former Tulane star was promoted to assistant coach for the 2013-14 season after spending the previous two years as Director of Basketball Operations at Richmond.
Lewis, the Metro Conference Freshman of the Year in 1990-91, brought 11 years of Division I coaching experience to the Spiders. In November 2014, he was named to the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame.
In his first season as an assistant at Richmond, the Spiders finished 19-14 and in the top-100 in the RPI. Richmond defeated No. 12 ranked UMass and had seven wins over top-100 RPI teams. In 2014-15, Lewis helped guide the Spiders to a 21-win season and a top seed in the NIT, where Richmond advanced to the NIT Quarterfinals.
"Kim has been an outstanding addition to our program and I am thrilled to announce his promotion to assistant coach," Mooney said. "Kim has a great deal of experience at numerous Division I basketball schools. He has proven to be a great recruiter and teacher of the game over the last 15 years. I feel that he will have a great impact on our program."
Lewis came to Richmond from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, where he spent one season as an assistant coach under his former Tulane coach Perry Clark. Lewis had two stints as an assistant coach at Tulane (2008-10; 1996-98), spent two seasons at Duquesne (2006-08) and coached NBA World Champion Jose Barea at Northeastern (2004-06). He also coached at McNeese State, Xavier University of Louisiana and Centenary College.
He won a championship at every level of his playing career from Varnado High School in Angie, La., to Tulane where he won a conference championship in 1991-92 to the professional leagues with Grindavik in Iceland, winning the Mjoris Cup and earning MVP honors.
During his collegiate career, Lewis played an integral role in helping rebuild a Tulane 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, Lewis led the Green Wave in scoring with 15.4 points a game, helping the school to its first conference crown, first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament including a first round victory over St. John's and a No. 14 national ranking. After advancing to the NIT as a junior, the Green Wave returned to the NCAA Tournament his senior season with a 23-10 record.
Lewis, who helped Tulane to 80 victories in four seasons, is the career leader in steals and games played. He is currently 11th all-time in scoring at Tulane and ranks among the all-time leaders in three-pointers made, three-point percentage, 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. After spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Tulane, Lewis played in the Icelandic Basketball League. Lewis was named the league's best all-around player in 1999, while also serving as the team's coach. He averaged a triple-double to earn MVP honors after leading Grindavik to the Kjörís Cup title in 2000.
A native of Angie, La., Lewis earned a bachelor's degree in Media Arts/Communications from Tulane in 1994. He and his wife, Vivia, have a young daughter, Victoria. They reside in Mechanicsville, Va.