Cleveland State men’s basketball head coach Dennis Gates announced the addition of Travis Lewis as director of video operations.
“I’m very excited to welcome Coach Lewis and his family to Cleveland State,” said two-time Horizon League Coach of the Year Dennis Gates. “Coach Lewis has an abundant amount of experience and a relentless work ethic that will allow him to be very successful. He has a great basketball mind and a high level of emotional intelligence. His life has prepared him to impact Division I student-athletes for many years to come and will be a true gift to our program and college basketball.”
Lewis comes to Cleveland State after having most recently served as head coach at St. Francis De Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio, where he owned an overall record of 108-77, which included eight state tournament appearances. Over his nine seasons in Toledo, Lewis coached 17 All-Conference student-athletes and 11 student-athletes who played at the collegiate level. During the 2019-20 season, St. Francis De Sales finished second place in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference – the highest conference finish in program history.
“I am beyond thrilled to become the next director of video operations at Cleveland State under Dennis Gates,” said Lewis. “I want to thank Coach Gates and his staff for welcoming myself and my family into his contagious culture of success. I am truly grateful to start the next phase of my coaching career at Cleveland State.”
Prior to his time at St. Francis De Sales, Lewis spent three seasons as the associate head coach of the men’s basketball program at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, in addition to serving as assistant director of athletics. During his time at Owens Community College, the newest Cleveland State Viking assisted in the daily development of practice plans, on-court coaching, recruiting, and scouting. Off the floor, Lewis advised 19 Academic All-Americans, provided academic advising and support for 124 student-athletes and maintained all NJCAA compliance for the college’s eight sports.
Lewis received his first opportunity in basketball during the 2008-09 season, serving as Eastern Michigan men’s basketball’s director of video operations and player development.
Throughout the course of his career, Lewis has won numerous coaching awards, including AP Ohio All-Northwest District Coach of the Year (2017), Ohio TRAC Coach of the Year (2017) and BCSN District All-Star Head Coach (2016-18).
A 2007 graduate of EMU, Lewis was a two-sport athlete, playing basketball and football. A three-time team captain of the Eagles men’s basketball program, Lewis was named Defensive Player of the Year in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. On the football field, Lewis played wide receiver and served as the offensive team captain during the 2007 season.