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Interview with Elizabeth City State University Tynesha Lewis Women’s Basketball Head Coach



Tynesha Lewis embarks on her inaugural season at the helm of ECSU Women’s Basketball.

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 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.

She brings a wealth of experience as a player at the highest level of women’s basketball competition in America.

The North Carolina State University 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. She left her mark on the program ranking 1st in triple-doubles recording the only two triple-double performances in school history at that time (male and female programs). Her career averages were 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.3 steals; highlighted by a 1,621 career point.

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.

As a coach, she says she is committed to placing an emphasis on leadership, communication, and being results-oriented. Her coaching experience includes scouting, player development, game day analytics, recruiting, building relationships, and much more.

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 the Integration of Technology in 2013.

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