Mother McAuley is thrilled to announce that Curtis Lewis has been named the varsity basketball coach and assistant athletic director, effective immediately. Lewis brings more than 15 years of basketball coaching experience, a winning track record at various levels of competition including the collegiate level as a graduate assistant, and first-hand knowledge of the NCAA/NAIA recruiting policies, regulations, and admissions requirements.
Since 2017, Lewis has been the 14U and 11U head girls basketball coach for the Junior Astros, where he has maintained a record of 20+ win seasons and was instrumental in leading the team through individual and group skill development. Additionally, he brings experience in coaching NCAA Division 1 level athletes.
"We are so pleased to have Coach Lewis join the Mother McAuley athletic department. With his in-depth knowledge and coaching experiences, the Mighty Macs are poised for a continued storied athletic tradition and unparalleled success, with a strong commitment to engaging our 425+ student-athletes," remarked athletic director Laurie Jakubczak.
Lewis holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University in Tennessee, where he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2004, he received the Walter Nipper/AD Hancock Civitan Award, presented to a student athlete that possesses outstanding athletic abilities and demonstrates sportsmanship through their athletic career.
"With my comprehensive coaching experience, I am excited to leverage my basketball knowledge, character, and unique skill set to fulfill the mission of fostering and developing the women of Mother McAuley. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that this program stands for and focusing on academic and athletic success for our student-athletes," said Coach Curtis Lewis.
Last season, the Mighty Macs won the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) Championship, won the Class 4A Regional Title game, finished 3rd in the 2021-2022 IBCA Academic All-State competition, and had a Team All-State selection. The basketball team is no stranger to postseason play, being the IHSA 2019 Class 4A Runner Up.