HOUSTON, TX – It only took a quarter of a century after his retirement, but for University of Houston Head Basketball Coach Guy Lewis is now officially a Hall of Famer.
By the smile on the 91-year-old’s face, you wouldn’t know if the wait bothered him.
His daughter Sherry Lewis said, “It’s pure joy. We’re not even upset that it took so long. As one friend said, Dad is used to winning in overtime.”
Guy Lewis is simply used to winning. As the Cougar coach for 30 years starting in 1953, Lewis has 592 wins, along with 27 straight winning seasons, 14 trips to the playoffs, and five final four advances.
According to his players, Lewis is more than just a winner.
“We can give him credit for his great accomplishments, 592 wins and all of that, but he’s won more players over and made them believe and made them successful men than the victories show,” said Lyndon Rose.
And let’s not forget Elvin Hayes who boycotted all Hall of Fame events since his own induction because his Lewis hadn’t received the honor.
“God gave me my talent. A high school coach kinda watered it. But Coach Guy V. Lewis gave it increase to grow,” said Hayes.
Congrats Guy Lewis. Better late than never.