Friday May 04 2012
Lewis-Jay lands job at Florida-Atlantic
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
Placer grad to guide rising Division I basketball program
Kellie Lewis-Jay knew it was matter of time before she got the opportunity to guide her own college basketball program. That time is now. Lewis-Jay was named head coach at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. on Thurdsay. The 1994 Placer High graduate was previously an assistant at Nebraska and Washington. Lewis-Jay was instrumental in the Cornhuskers? success over the past five seasons, heading up recruiting for the program and helping them to four postseason tournament appearances. ?We are excited to welcome Kellie Lewis-Jay into the FAU family,? said Melissa Dawson, FAU interim director of athletics in a press release. ?Coach Jay has achieved success at every level as a player, club and high school head coach, and most importantly, an assistant at the collegiate level. ?It was important for us to find a coach that would be passionate about developing our student-athletes as individuals, students and athletes. We have found that in Kellie.? Lewis-Jay was a star guard for the Hillgals and went on to a tremendous career at Boise State University. After five years guiding Bishop Kelly High School, Lewis-Jay landed an assistant coaching job at Washington. She moved on to Nebraska in 2007. ?Everybody here at Nebraska is excited that Kellie is becoming a head coach,? Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. ?Kellie has done a tremendous job in building our program. She is a tireless worker and she is dedicated to excellence in everything in the coaching profession.? Lewis-Jay was quick to thank her mentors in the coaching arena along with her new employers. ?I would like to thank FAU President Mary Jane Saunders and Melissa Dawson for the opportunity presented to me,? Lewis-Jay said in a statement released by the school. ?I look forward to building a foundation of success starting with the young women currently representing our program. ?I also would like to thank the University of Nebraska and Connie Yori for an amazing five years and June Daugherty, at the University of Washington, for giving me a great opportunity. Florida Atlantic University has a bright future. I am honored to represent this program and lead it to a championship level.? Florida Atlantic is an NCAA Division I school that competes in the Mid-American Conference. The Owls finished 17-13 overall last season ? its first winning season since 2005-06.