Thursday , Jun , 16 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Alabama State names Lewis Jackson men’s hoops coach

Montgomery, AL (Sports Network) – Alabama State announced Thursday that Lewis
Jackson has been named the men’s head basketball coach.

Jackson, who is the 10th coach in school history, replaces Rob Spivery, who
resigned last month to take the head coaching position at Southern University.

A former player with the Hornets, Jackson had been an assistant at Alabama
State since the 2000-01 season and was a key component of the school’s two
SWAC tournament championships.

“Every athlete dreams of coming home where it all started,” Jackson said.
“Today, my dream became a reality.”

During his playing days, Jackson was one of the best players in Alabama State
school history as he scored 2,203 points — fourth on the Hornets’ all-time
scoring list. Following his senior year in 1984, he was also selected as SWAC
Player of the Year, the Black College Basketball Player of the Year and a
Black College All-American.

Jackson was then drafted in the third round by the Golden State Warriors and
received an invitation to tryout for the United States Olympic basketball team
before eventually playing professionally in Australia, Canada and the

In 1999, Jackson was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall
of Fame and one year later, he was put into the Alabama State University Hall
of Fame.