Kellie Lewis-Jay Named Assistant Coach For Husky Women's Basketball

Aug. 1, 2003

SEATTLE - The Washington women's basketball program has hired former Boise State standout Kellie Lewis-Jay as an assistant coach, head coach June Daugherty announced Friday.

Lewis-Jay, a 1998 graduate of Boise State, played her first two collegiate seasons under Daugherty, which included the last two years of Daugherty's tenure with the Broncos (1994-95) before coming to Washington in 1996. This is the first collegiate coaching position for Lewis-Jay, who comes to Seattle from the high school and club coaching ranks. Her duties with the Huskies will include scouting, recruiting and on-floor coaching. She will also be responsible for coordinating the Huskies' summer camps and clinics.

'I'm very excited to have the privilege to coach under June and her staff, and the whole Washington program,' Lewis-Jay said. 'It's an exciting opportunity for me to come into a program of this caliber. Playing for June for two years was a tremendous experience, I wish I could have done it for four years. So we'll just expand on that and continue the success she has built here and grow even further.'

After earning her bachelors of science degree in social science and public affairs from BSU in December of 1998, Lewis-Jay took on the girls basketball head coaching duties at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise. She led Bishop Kelly to a five-year record of 87-33, including a runner-up showing at the 2002 state championships. She led the prep varsity team to a district championship title in 2003, after guiding the junior varsity team to district crowns in 1999 and 2000. Lewis-Jay was also named the District 3 Junior Varsity Coach of the Year in 2000.

Aside from her prep coaching duties, Lewis-Jay established the Idaho Elite in 1999, a competitive summer basketball team in Boise. Members of her Idaho Elite team included 25 all-state athletes, as well as 12 NCAA Div. I signees. Among those standout players was Husky freshman Maggie O'Hara.

'We're excited to have Kellie join our staff,' Daugherty said. 'She was a pleasure to coach because of her talent and leadership at the point guard position at Boise State and I know that will carry on to her work here as an assistant coach. I have been impressed with the job she's done coaching at the high school level and by creating a powerhouse AAU program in Idaho. Kellie will be a great addition to the Husky family.'

At Boise State, Lewis-Jay was a four-year letterwinner and a two-year team captain. Her list of collegiate accolades included a pair of Big West All-Conference selections in 1997 and 1998, as well as Boise State team MVP honors those same seasons. During her senior campaign, Lewis-Jay was named the MVP of the Boise State Tournament, in addition to making the Big West Conference All-Tournament team and garnering Big West Athlete of the Week honors in 1998. She was also honored as the 1998 recipient of the National Arthur Ashe Scholar Athlete Award.

With academics definitely a strong suite for Lewis-Jay, she was a four-time selection to conference academic teams. Her name still appears among many single-season and career top-10 lists in Bronco history. Lewis-Jay still holds the BSU career record for free-throw shooting percentage (.807, 142-176). Her single season three-pointers made record (76, 1996-97) was broken just last season.

Lewis-Jay prepped at Placer High School in Auburn, Calif., where she graduated in 1994 as school valedictorian. She is the daughter of Charles and Christine Lewis, and has a younger brother, Kevin (22). She and her husband, Chris Jay, are expecting their first child in November.

Lewis-Jay replaces former assistant Shimmy Gray who was named an assistant coach at Arizona in April.

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