ELIZABETH CITY, NC- Elizabeth City State University has named Former WNBA and N.C. State Wolfpack player Tynesha Lewis as its next Head 'women's basketball coach. Athletic Director George Bright announced the hire at a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon (May 7) held in the Thorpe Administration building.
"The pressure faced to provide an incredible head coach and leader for our women's basketball program was something that we took very seriously," said Bright. "We're hiring a seasoned veteran who has absolutely earned the right to be a head coach." I firmly believe that coaches have a critical, positive and significant impact on the lives of student-athletes here at ECSU and across our country. I believe that we have the right coach at the right time to lead the Mighty Vikings women's basketball program now and into the future."
"I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve as the Head Coach of ECSU. The opportunity to return to the 252 is both exciting and humbling," said Lewis. "IThe goal of our program is to win everywhere. Win in the classroom. Win on the court. Win in the community. Above all, win in life."
Drafted by the Houston Comets as the 31st pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft, Lewis went on to play in the WNBA for six seasons. Her career is highlighted by two seasons with the Houston Comets in 2001-03, two seasons with the Charlotte Stings in 2003-05, spending her final season in the league with the Minnesota Lynx in 2005-06.
The NCSU graduate was a four-time All-ACC selection helping to lead the Wolfpack to the Final Four in 1998 and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2001.
A native of Macclesfield, North Carolina, Lewis comes to ECSU after spending the last three seasons as an assistant women's basketball coach at North Carolina Central University in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. She has previous coaching experience as a women's basketball assistant coach at Illinois State University in 2012-13. She was also a graduate assistant at her alma mater, N.C. State.
The Macclesfield, North Carolina native brings an abundance of knowledge on and off the court to ECSU with four academic degrees. She graduated from North Carolina State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry in 2001. In 2004 she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from NC State. She earned her Master's Degree in Business Administration in 2006 from American InterContinental University and continued her education pursuing a second Master's Degree in Education/Curriculum with a concentration in
Lewis succeeds CIAA Hall of Famer Antonio Davis, who was let go in March after three years leading the program.