Former SMU basketball player, Gerald Lewis, fnished his first season as the Mustangs director of basketball operations after being named to the position by Matt Doherty on June 30, 2011. Lewis returned to the Hilltop following a six-year professional career in Europe and five years in the collegiate ranks. His teams at New Mexico State and Southeastern Louisiana made the NCAA Tournament during his tenure. While at SMU, Lewis was an All-Southwest Conference selection that helped lead the Mustangs to the 1993 SWC championship and NCAA Tournament.
In 2011-12, SMU set the school record for scoring defense (60.1) while leading C-USA and ranking 20th nationally. The Mustangs also held opponents to 30.8 percent from 3-point range, which was first in C-USA (34th NCAA) and second in SMU history. On offense, the Mustangs made 248 3-pointers, which was second in a season at SMU; and the 7.8 threes per game led C-USA and ranked 46th in the NCAA. Overall, SMU finished the 2011-12 season at 13-19 and 4-12 in C-USA. Senior Robert Nyakundi led the Mustangs as he was named All-C-USA Third Team, USBWA All-District and NABC All-District Second Team. He led C-USA in 3-point percentage at 41.4% (25th NCAA) and ranked second in C-USA for threes made (2.7), was 7th in scoring (14.8) and 6th in free throw percentage (.780). Three of the top five scorers for SMU were in their first season.
Lewis spent the last four seasons at New Mexico State. He was promoted to assistant coach in 2010-11 after three years as the director of basketball operations and coordinator of player development. In 2009-10, New Mexico State went 22-12 while winning the WAC Tournament Championship and earning an NCAA Tournament berth. In his first season (2007-08), the Aggies went 21-14 and earned a share of the WAC regular season title with a 12-4 record. New Mexico State just missed the 2008 NCAA Tournament after falling in triple overtime in the conference tournament championship game.
Prior to New Mexico State, he was an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana in 2004-05. His squad at SELU made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and finished with a school-best 24-9 record.
Lewis had a six-year professional basketball career in the Croatian Basketball League in Europe. He was a five-time all-star while playing for Rijeka and Zadar, Croatia from 1994-00. Lewis was also the 1996 all-star game most valuable player.
He played at SMU from 1989-93, earning first team All-SWC selection in 1993 as he led his team to the SWC regular season title and an NCAA Tournament berth. His senior season, he recorded three triple-doubles and is one of only eight players in NCAA history to achieve such a feat. Other players on the list include Jason Kidd, Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson. He also had a then-school 209 career steals (now second) and still holds the single-season mark for steals with 79 in 1992-93. Lewis also finished second at SMU in career assists (491) and set the SMU and Moody Coliseum single-game standard with 17 assists in the SWC title-clinching 96-80 victory against Texas on March 6, 1993.
Lewis earned a bachelor's degree from SMU in 1993. He earned a master's degree in education from New Mexico State in August 2008. Lewis has a daughter, Kierra.