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Kellie Lewis-Jay
Kellie  Lewis-Jay

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Boise State, 1998



Women’s Basketball’s O’Reilly Chosen as C-USA Freshman of the Week

Katelyn O'Reilly had a career-high 19 points against UTSA on Saturday


Owls’ Rally Falls Short as UTEP Takes a 69-59 Win

FAU came within three in the fourth quarter but couldn't overcome the Miners


This Week’s FAST Zeroes in on Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball

The show will air on ESPN West Palm 106.3 on Monday, Feb. 20 from 6-7 p.m.


Owls Drop 82-67 Decision to Southern Miss

Freshmen Julia Jenike, Katelyn O'Reilly and Jacey Bailey all hit double-figure scoring with O'Reilly and Bailey taking a career-high 14 and 11


Florida Atlantic Sports Talk, 6-7 PM Monday, Will Discuss FAU Basketball

The show will air on ESPN West Palm 106.3 and feature Head Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Michael Curry and Kellie Lewis-Jay


WBB ACTS Halloween Visit

The women's basketball team made their annual Halloween trip to ACTS Retirement-Life Community in Boca Raton, Fla.


22nd Annual Buddy Walk WBB

The women's basketball team attended the 22nd Annual Buddy Walk for the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization on Sunday, Oct. 16.


2016-17 C-USA Tipoff

2016-17 Conference USA Men's and Women's Basketball Tipoff


Celebration of Boca

Celebration of Boca, SAAC BBQ for Student-Athletes - 4/18/14

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Kellie Lewis-Jay joined Florida Atlantic University as its head coach in May 2012. Lewis-Jay, the fourth head coach in the young program's 28-year existence, came to FAU as an accomplished student, athlete, coach and mentor. She also has served as an assistant coach in the Pac 10, Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences and represented each league in the NCAA Tournament.

In her first season at the helm at FAU, Lewis-Jay led the Owls to a 12-17 overall record and a 9-11 mark in the Sun Belt Conference in FAU's final season in the SBC. Her squad finished 15th in the nation in turnover margin and 30th in the country in steals per game. In 2013-14, Lewis-Jay embarked on her fourth conference in as many years as FAU joined Conference USA (C-USA).

Lewis-Jay's 2013-14 squad finished the season with 2,331 points in 30 games, the second highest scoring mark and average in school history. Her team shattered the school record with 264 three-pointers, 83 more than the previous mark. The Owls also set school records for largest margin of victory (77 vs. Florida Memorial, 11/16/13) and most steals (33, same game) en route to a 16-14 record. FAU broke a Conference USA record with 20 three-pointers in the regular-season finale against UTEP on March 5. Senior Kimberly Smith was named Second Team All-Conference USA after shattering multiple FAU and C-USA records.

In 2014-15, Lewis-Jay helmed the youngest Division I team in the nation with eight freshmen and only one third-year player. The squad finsihed with a 13-17 mark, earning the No. 10 seed in the C-USA Tournament. The Owls finished the year ranked second in the conference in three-pointers made with 206 and in free throw shooting at .719. Sophomore Shaneese Bailey was named First Team All-Conference USA while Malia Kency was named to the All-Freshman team.

In 2015-16, the team got off to its best start since 1991 and set several school records over
the course of the 2015-16 campaign with upper-class leadership paving the way. The Owls
finished the year 14-16 with a 6-12 mark in C-USA and maintained their reputation as a
dangerous long-range team. FAU shattered the program and C-USA marks for most threepointers
in a season (294) by 30 baskets. The Owls also recorded their highest three-point
percentage (35.0) on a record 839 attempts.

The 2016-17 season brought another young group into the Owl ranks as Lewis-Jay welcomed six freshmen. The team battled with injury during the year, eventually finishing with just nine players that could suit up. Despite this disadvantage, the freshmen showed growth and maturity throughout the season with forward Katelyn O’Reilly ending the year as the team’s top shooter. She is now sixth in program history in field goal percentage in a season. The veterans also stepped up in a big way helping to guide the newcomers and set the tone on and off the court. Melinda Myers joined the ranks of FAU’s best rebounders as she has grabbed 429 in three seasons while Sasha Cedeño now has the fourth-best 3-point percentage in a career at .357. The Owls finished in the top third nationally in both 3-pointers made (195) and 3-pointer per game (6.7). The team also boasted the highest GPA among FAU women’s teams for the Fall 2016 semester and continued giving back to the community through numerous causes.

Lewis-Jay served five seasons at the University of Nebraska where she coordinated Nebraska's recruiting efforts. Those efforts gleaned a top-25 recruiting class in 2011, the highest for a program under the direction of Connie Yori (Nebraska's current head coach), and also helped the Huskers to the best season in school history in 2009-10. NU finished with a 32-2 record, including a perfect 16-0 conference mark to capture the school's first Big 12 regular-season crown. Lewis-Jay also helped the Huskers to their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and their second NCAA Tournament trip in her first three seasons in Lincoln and a WNIT appearance in 2009.

Lewis-Jay joined Yori's Husker staff in 2007 after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at Washington. Lewis-Jay helped the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007 before aiding Nebraska's run to another NCAA Tournament bid in 2008. In addition to coordinating Nebraska's recruiting efforts, Lewis-Jay assisted with on-court coaching responsibilities, including opponent scouting. She also was responsible for developing Nebraska's guard play.

Lewis-Jay joined current Husker assistant coach Sunny Smallwood on the Washington staff in 2003-04, and both Lewis-Jay and Smallwood are graduates of Boise State University. The connections to the state of Washington helped the Huskers sign 2009 Washington Gatorade High School Player of the Year Lindsey Moore, a third-team Parade High School All-American and a 2010 Big 12 All-Freshman selection as NU's starting point guard.

At Washington, Lewis-Jay was instrumental in helping sign one of the nation's top recruiting classes for the 2007-08 season, as the six-player class was ranked eighth nationally at the time of signing by Blue Star Basketball on Nov. 8, 2006. Lewis-Jay's duties at Washington also included opponent scouting, coordinating the Husky defense, recruiting, on-floor coaching and serving as the team's academic coordinator.

A native of Auburn, California, Lewis-Jay was a standout at Boise State after attending Placer High School. After completing her playing career, Lewis-Jay began her coaching career at the high school and club levels.

Lewis-Jay was named the head girls basketball coach at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho, for the start of the 1998-99 season. She led Bishop Kelly to a five-year record of 87-33, including a runner-up showing at the 2002 state championships.

Lewis-Jay led the prep varsity team to a District Championship in 2003, after guiding the junior varsity team to district crowns in 1999 and 2000. Lewis-Jay also was named the District 3 Junior Varsity Coach of the Year in 2000.

Aside from her prep coaching duties, Lewis-Jay established the Idaho Elite in 1999, a competitive summer basketball team based in Boise. Members of Lewis-Jay's Idaho Elite team included 25 all-state athletes as well as 12 NCAA Division I signees. Among those standout players were Huskies Maggie O'Hara and Emily Florence. Led by O'Hara and Florence, the Idaho Elite won the 2002 Midsummer Nights Madness Tournament title in Seattle.

Lewis-Jay was a four-year letterwinner and a two-time team captain as a player at Boise State. Her list of collegiate accolades included a pair of All-Big West Conference selections in 1997 and 1998, as well as Boise State team MVP honors those same seasons. During her senior campaign, Lewis-Jay earned Big West Conference All-Tournament honors after being named the MVP of the Boise State Tournament. She also was honored as a two-time recipient of the National Arthur Ashe Scholar Athlete Award in 1997 and 1998.

Along with displaying excellence on the court, Lewis-Jay performed well in the classroom. She was a four-time Academic All-Conference pick, including 1995 and 1996 selections to the Big Sky team and 1997 and 1998 nods to the Big West team. Lewis-Jay's name still appears among many single-season and career top-10 lists in Bronco history. She ranks third in three-point field goals made (163), third in three-point field goals attempted (484), third in free-throw percentage (.807) and 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.337). Her 829 career points also rank 20th in the Bronco record books.

Lewis-Jay established single-season school records for three-pointers made (76) and attempted (205) in 1996-97, which have since been surpassed. Her 61 treys in 1997-98 rank eighth all-time. Her .830 free-throw shooting percentage in 1997-98 is the sixth-best on the BSU single-season list in that category. Lewis-Jay also is tied for second in single-game school three-pointers with seven.

An outstanding all-around player, Lewis-Jay led the Broncos in six categories during her junior season including scoring (12.2 ppg), field goals made (107), three-pointers made (76), free-throw percentage (.765), assists (69) and steals (48). She was the team leader in three-pointers in 1998 (61) and 1995 (20), in three-point field goal percentage in 1995 (.328), in free-throw percentage in 1998 (.830), and assists in 1998 (76).

Lewis-Jay was a standout at Placer High School in Auburn, California, where she graduated in 1994 as the school's valedictorian. She led Placer to four Sierra Foothill League Championships. Lewis-Jay earned league MVP honors during her senior campaign and was also a three-time All-Conference selection. She was a three-year team captain and two-time team MVP.

Lewis-Jay earned her Bachelor's degree in social science/public affairs with an emphasis in sociology and psychology from Boise State in 1998. Lewis-Jay was born Feb. 18, 1976. She has a daughter, Kobie, who is 13.

Lewis-Jay's Head Coaching Record

Season School Record Accomplishments
2012-13 FAU 12-17 Sun Belt Tournament
2013-14 FAU 16-14 Conference USA Tournament
2014-15 FAU 13-17 Conference USA Tournament
2015-16 FAU 14-16 Conference USA Tournament
2016-17 FAU 4-25
Total 5 seasons 73-103

• Head Coach, Florida Atlantic (2012-2017)

• Assistant Coach, Nebraska (2007-2012)

• Assistant Coach, Washington (2003-07)

• Head Coach, Bishop Kelly High School (1998-2003)

• Head Coach/Co-Founder, Idaho Elite (1999-2003)

• Two-Time All-Big West Conference (1997, 1998)

• Big West Conference All-Tournament Team (1998)

• Academic All-Big West Conference (1997, 1998)

• Academic All-Big Sky Conference (1995, 1996)

• Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar Athlete Award (1997, 1998)

• Boise State Team Captain and MVP

• Boise State Defensive Player of the Year (1997)

• Big Sky All-Academic (Team 1995,1996)

• Big West All-Academic Team (1997, 1998)

• Placer High School Team Captain (1992,1993,1994)

• Sierra Foothill League Champions 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)

• Sierra Foothill League MVP (1994)

• Sierra Foothill League All-Conference (1992, 1993, 1994)

• Placer High School Valedictorian (1994)

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