WILBERFORCE, Ohio - The Central State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has selected Ray Lewis to serve as the head men's and women's volleyball coach. Lewis will officially begin his duties as head coach on November 1.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to lead a new era of Central State University volleyball," said Lewis. "It is exciting to be able to coach an up and coming women's program while building a men's program from the ground up. With the talent pool available in Ohio as well as a growing interest in the sport, we have a great opportunity to establish CSU's reputation as a volleyball powerhouse."
CSU Director of Athletics Tara A. Owens emphasized the importance of the student-athlete experience as part of the selection process.
"We are pleased to welcome Ray Lewis to Central State University. Throughout his coaching career, Coach Lewis has demonstrated his abilities to develop and lead programs to success on and off the court," said Owens. "We believe Coach Lewis will take our women's volleyball program to new heights while building our men's program into a perennial contender. Under his guidance, our student-athletes will flourish on the court and in the classroom."
Lewis comes to CSU with a national championship pedigree. In his second season as head coach of Benedictine University at Mesa (Ariz.), Lewis guided the Redhawks to the 2019 NAIA Men's Volleyball National Championship. The team finished 26-4 on the season and featured four NAIA All-Americans and the NAIA Tournament MVP. The Redhawks went a perfect 10-0 in the Golden State Athletic Conference and Lewis was named NAIA and GSAC Coach of the Year.