Michael Lewis hired as head coach at Ball State

UCLA assistant Michael Lewis has been announced as the new head coach at Ball State. The Indiana-native played for Bob Knight and the Hoosiers before starting his coaching career.

“Basketball in our state is personified in Michael Lewis,” AD Beth Goetz said. “His outlook on the game, relationship building, recruiting network, pedigree and proactive approach to engagement with our stakeholders resides at a high level. Additionally, his program values and standards on the court, in the classroom and the community will create a road map for the Cardinals to move onward, compete for Mid-American Conference titles and position our institution for a return to the NCAA Tournament. We are thrilled to welcome him, his wife Nichole along with their daughters Avery and Emma to Ball State.”

Lewis has been working under Mick Cronin for the last three seasons, a tenure that includes the Bruins’ Final Four run last season. Before that, he worked at Nebraska, Butler, Eastern Illinois, Stephen F. Austin and Texas Tech, the latter under Knight.

“Along with my family, I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead the men’s basketball program at Ball State University,” Lewis said. “Thank you to University President Geoff Mearns and Beth Goetz with whom I shared a vision for our program that will be aligned with their leadership and the values of Ball State. That united vision is paramount for success. We are very excited to return to the state of Indiana where basketball means so much to lead a program with tremendous history and great potential.”


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