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Bev Lewis
Director of Women's Athletics

        Bev Lewis begins her 23rd season at the University of Arkansas with the same goal as director of women's athletics that she had when she arrived as the Lady Razorbacks' cross country and track coach: helping young women fulfill their goals of a college degree and athletic excellence at the University of Arkansas.
        The 2003-04 season marks Lewis' 15th at the helm of the Women's Athletics Department. During her tenure as a coach and administrator, she has left her mark on the University and defined women's athletics on a state, regional and national level. Lewis took over the AD duties in June 1989 after serving eight years as the Lady Razorback cross country and track coach. For one year she held both positions, stepping down as a head coach in 1990.
        The hallmark of her time as the Director of Women's Athletics has been the overall excellence of her entire program. During her time as athletic director, every Lady Razorback sport has achieved a new pinnacle from basketball reaching the Women's Final Four in 1998 to the national runner-up trophy earned by cross country and national third place by track in the 2000 season.
        In 2001, Lewis received one of her greatest personal honors as long-time University benefactors Bob and Marilyn Bogel requested that Arkansas' $6 million facility for Lady Razorbacks be named the Bev Lewis Center for Women's Athletics. On April 9, 2003, before a standing room only crowd of family and friends, she had the honor of cutting the ribbon on the facility.
       Three years earlier, she was voted into the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor by the University's letterwinners in recognition of her contributions to the Women's Athletics Department both as a coach and an administrator.
        As Athletic Director, Lewis was instrumental in taking the Lady Razorbacks to the next level providing the staff, facilities and budget to be successful. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Lewis was named to Arkansas Business magazine's "Top 100 Women in Arkansas" in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Lewis was a member of the "40 Under 40" which highlighted the achievements of business leaders in Arkansas who were under 40 years old during those same years.
        She has served in leadership roles on committees for the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA. After serving four years on the NCAA Championship Cabinet, she is currently a member of the NCAA Management Council. A former member of the track and field committee and its outdoor chair, she aslo served on the NCAA soccer committee. She also served a term on the SEC Executive Committee from 1992 to 1995.
        Lewis orchestrated the addition of four sports at the University. The first phase of expansion came in the mid-1990s. Volleyball took the court in 1994, with golf hitting the links in 1995 and softball taking the field in 1996-97. After building these three teams into NCAA tournament participants, Lewis has moved forward again. Her selection of gymnastics to become the 11th Lady Razorback sport resulted in Arkansas immediately becoming a major player in the sport, ranking fourth in the nation in attendance.
        Lewis brought national attention to Arkansas as it hosted numerous SEC Championships as well as the 1994 NCAA Women's Basketball Mideast Regional, the 1994 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship and the 1999 WNIT Championship.
        However, as a former track coach Lewis takes particular pride in the University's role in hosting the NCAA Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Championships for the past four years.
        Prior to assuming the duties of AD, Lewis' Lady Razorback cross country and track teams had six top 20 national finishes, and she coached Team USA at the 1990 World Junior Cross Country Championships.
        Her Arkansas coaching milestones were numerous. Under her direction, cross country achieved three notable Lady Razorback firsts. On Oct. 4, 1984, her cross country team became the first Lady'Back squad to achieve a national ranking. Arkansas finished that season ranked 16th, and it started an impressive run in the polls as the Lady'Backs have been ranked during the season in 15 of the past 16 seasons.
        She added the first top 10 finish to her resume in 1986 as cross country finished 10th at the NCAA Championships and backed it up with a ninth-place finish in 1987. Her coaching was instrumental in establishing Arkansas' perfect record of sending a team or individual to every collegiate national meet since the program's inception.
        Lewis also coached Arkansas' first conference championship team at the 1988 Southwest Conference Cross Country Championships. As a result, her peers voted her SWC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. She also was named SWC Outdoor Track Coach of the Year in 1989.
        Lewis earned her bachelor's degree from Central Michigan in 1979 and followed it with her master's from Purdue prior to her arrival at Arkansas in 1981.
        Her husband, Harley, former athletic director at the University of Montana and a former assistant director of championships with the NCAA, works with the University of Arkansas as director of development for the Chancellor's Scholarship program.

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