Durham, NC – Former WNBA player and local collegiate standout Tynesha Lewis has been named an assistant coach of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) women’s basketball for the upcoming 2017-18 season. The announcement was made June 6th by NCCU head women’s basketball coach Trisha Stafford-Odom.
“Nothing makes me more comfortable than knowing the very knowledgeable and uber-efficient Tynesha Lewis is ready to be in the trenches with me on the sidelines,” said Stafford-Odom. “Her accomplishments as a player and her energetic approach to entrepreneurship and personal growth was revealed to me over the course of our long term-friendship. I am grateful Coach Ty was willing to reinsert herself into the women’s game.”
Lewis, who played six seasons in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), returns to The Triangle after playing collegiately at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She will be working primarily with NCCU’s point guards and on shooting the ball.
After being drafted as the 21st overall pick in the 2001 WNBA draft, Lewis played six professional seasons split between the Houston Comets, Charlotte Sting and Minnesota Lynx.
Since retiring in 2007, she has spent most of her time as an educator, motivational speaker and in sales.
Lewis has collegiate coaching experience as an assistant coach with Illinois State University.
The Macclesfield, North Carolina, product had an outstanding collegiate career for the Wolfpack. Lewis was a four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) honoree under coaching legend Kay Yow. She scored 1,621 points for NCSU and finished with career averages of 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals. She played on a Final Four team in 1998 and a Sweet 16 squad in 2001.
Lewis graduated from North Carolina State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry in 2001 before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science in 2014. She continued her education with master’s degrees from American InterContinental University (business administration – marketing) and Grand Canyon University (education/curriculum – integration of technology).