University of Scranton head women's basketball coach Nick DiPillo has named Kaitlyn Lewis as an assistant coach for the Lady Royals program, effective July 15.
Lewis will join the Lady Royals program fresh off the heels of finishing up her own athletic career at American University in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the Eagles' women's basketball program, earning four letters. The hiring is also a return home for Lewis, as the 2015 North Pocono High School graduate comes back to Northeastern Pennsylvania with her hiring.
"I'm honored to be able to welcome Kaitlyn back to Northeast PA in her new role with Scranton Women's Basketball," said DiPillo. " She was a well-accomplished student-athlete at North Pocono High School and enjoyed a terrific career at American University. That experience and the tutelage she received under Coach [Megan] Gebbia and her staff have her well-prepared for this opportunity. I can't wait to get her in the gym with our players and with our fans in the community."
While playing for American, Lewis helped the Eagles win the 2017-18 Patriot League championship on their way to earning a bid into the NCAA Division I Tournament. In all, the Eagles ended Lewis' junior season with a 26-7 overall mark, a season in which she served as team captain.
In Lewis senior campaign this past season, she helped American register a 22-11 overall mark, as the Eagles finished 16-2 in the Patriot League. For their efforts, American earned a bid into the Women's NIT, as Lewis served as the team's captain throughout the season yet again.
In four seasons, Lewis logged playing time in 115 games, starting 67 times at guard. In 2018-19, Lewis started 30 games for American, averaging 11.9 points a game, while dishing out 3.4 assists per contest, totaling 101 assists for the season. In her senior season, Lewis went into double-figures eight times, including a career-best 24 point performance against Ohio on Dec. 29.
Off the court, Lewis went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from American this past May, earning a spot on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice during her career (2017-18 and 2018-19). She also took part in the American University Elite Camp as a counselor for three years (2016-18), as well.
In her prep career at North Pocono, Lewis ended her basketball career as the school's all-time leading scorer, ending her career with 1,337 points, while also breaking the school's single-season scoring record (562 points). A four-time Lackawanna League All-Star, Lewis was the District 2 MVP in her senior season of 2015, on her way to earning PA All-State accolades at Class AAA.
Lewis, who was also a 6-time state qualifier in the 800 and 400 meters in track at North Pocono, will assist DiPillo is all facets of the program, as he begins his first season on the Scranton bench in 2019-20.
Last season, Scranton finished 29-3 overall and ranked fourth nationally in both the D3hoops.com and WBCA Division III Polls. The Lady Royals captured their fourth straight Landmark Conference title, and in the NCAA Tournament, advanced all the way to the National Semifinals for the first time since 2006.