Campus: San Josť State University -- January 16, 2001

Lewis Named LPGA Teaching and Club Division National Coach Of The Year

Nancy Lewis, in her third season as the director of golf at San Josť State University, was named the 2000 recipient of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Division national "Coach of the Year."

Lewis will receive her award at the LPGA's annual awards banquet, January 8, at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando.

Established in 1980, the LPGA "Coach of the Year" Award is given annually to the a woman golf professional who is actively engaged in teaching and/or coaching golf at the college, university or high school levels. Lewis has been an LPGA teaching professional for more than 10 years.

Named director of golf in 1998, Lewis is responsible for the both the San Josť State men's and women's programs. She is one of the few females to be in charge of a combined program at the NCAA Division I level. In 2000, the San Jose State women's team finished 15th at the NCAA Championships and was ranked in the top-10 nationally during the season. Three players, Jessica Krantz, Georgina Simpson and Marcela Leon were received All-Western Athletic Conference post-season recognition. Five of her six golfers on the women's team received academic All-WAC honors last season.

"This is truly an unexpected and humbling honor," said Lewis, who was named the 2000 Western Athletic Conference's women's golf "Coach of the Year. "I've been a member for more than 10 years, but only began coaching in 1998. To be named "Coach of the year" so soon into my coaching career is really a thrill. I know I'll have to work even harder to ensure I live up to this honor."

Besides her coaching duties, Lewis serves as tournament director of the Spartan Invitational women's golf tournament and the annual Western Intercollegiate men's college tournament, the oldest college golf tournament west of the Mississippi River, assists the San Josť State University Division of Intercollegiate Athletics with the fund-raising golf tournaments it conducts and serves as a regional representative on the NCAA Women's Golf Committee. She also formed a "Birdie Booster" program which has raised more than $10,000 for the Spartans' golf program.

"We are very proud Nancy Lewis received this national "Coach of the Year" honor. She has done an outstanding job as the director of golf at San Josť State University. This is a very significant achievement in her career since she is only in her third year as a golf coach of a major college program," said San Josť State University director of athletics Chuck Bell.

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division, founded in 1959, has more than 1,150 members and is dedicated to the advancement of golf through teaching, managing golf facilities and coaching rising stars. Its member programs include national teaching, entrepreneurial and business skills training programs and conferences; tournaments; employment services; and junior golf programs.

Others who will be recognized at the LPGA's Awards ceremony include "Player of the Year" Karrie Webb and former San Josť State players Pat Hurst and Janice Moodie.

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