SAINT LOUIS, MO- Harris-Stowe State University is happy to announce the hiring of Fred Lewis as the Director of Track and Field for the 2018-2019 season.
Lewis is a well-known coach and athlete around the Saint Louis area where he has produced multiple Missouri State Champions as well as NAIA and Olympic athletes.
In 1987, Lewis returned to his alma mater, University City High School, and developed his first state long jump champion that first year. That would be the beginning of his winning pedigree. Lewis' high school coaching production includes 11 Missouri State jump championships, several top state performances in history, state triple jump record, and several Metro St. Louis Athletes of the Year and All-State recipients.
At Greenville University, Lewis had a profound impact on every athlete he coached. Thirteen jumpers improved large amounts in the long, triple, and high jump in one indoor season. His high jumper, Greg Mitchell, improved 8.5 inches to become the collegiate NCCAA Indoor Nation Leader and set the school record. At the NCCAA National Track and Field Indoor Championship, the triple jumper produced 4 NCCAA All American Titles.
Lewis changed the dynamics at the 2004 NAIA National Collegiate Championships. In his first year at Lindenwood University, his athletes compiled 11 All-American performances in the high jump and long jump. In the triple jump, two were first and second place jumpers at the national championship. Lewis also coached the NAIA 100 meter hurdle national record holder. Several of these athletes went on to become professional World Class competitors and Olympians.
As a high school athlete from University City, which holds the Missouri State record for most Boy State Track and Field Championships totaling 18, Lewis was undefeated in the triple jump during his high school career and was a state champion. He went on to compete for the University of Kansas where he was also undefeated in 1985 becoming the Texas Relay, Kansas Relay, and Conference Champion in the triple jump. That year he was also the only champion on University of Kansas track team.
During his college years, he often competed against the worlds' best like, Mike Conely Sr., and Kenny Harrison--both are 59 foot Olympic Gold Medalists.
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