John D. Lewis was named Director of Athletics at Bluefield State College on July 15, 2016. Prior to John arrival he was the Associate Athletics Director for Administration at Alcorn state University in Lorman, Mississippi. John duties include assisting the Director of Athletics with the day-to-day management of the athletics department. He also oversaw athletics equipment, athletic training, strength and conditioning staff and some sport programs.
John served as the Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing & Promotions at St. Cloud State. He has been an Assistant Athletic Director at SCSU for 10 years. Lewis was responsible for coordination of season, group, corporate and individual ticket sales for all sports at SCSU. He assists with fundraising events as well as other special alumni, booster clubs, community events and activities. He also helps create and implement marketing plans for all sports. Lewis has administrative experiences in sponsorship sales, marketing and promotions, tickets, event management, day to day operations, advertising and community engagement.
He earned a master's degree in sports management from St. Cloud State University and bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota. John Lewis spent four seasons as an Assistant Football Coach at Murray State University in Kentucky before joining the Huskies and was an Assistant Football Coach and Assistant Life Skills Director at SCSU from 1998 to 2000.
Lewis played football for the University of Minnesota where during the 1992 season he led the team in kickoff returns and ranked third in scoring and all-purpose yardage. He held four school records including longest reception in school history (94 yards), most yards returned in a season (715), most yards returned in a game (223), and most returns in a season (29).
He was a two-year football letter winner, held the Big Ten record for kickoff yards in a single game, received the "Bobby Bell" Awards for outstanding special teams players, was chosen to play in the 1992 Blue/Gray All-Star Football Game.
Lewis is married to the former Shaunta Dumas of Bainbridge, Georgia.
- Secured $125,000.00 of new sponsorships in a three term.
- Hired (7) new head coaches, head trainer, strength & conditioning coach and equipment manager.
- Renovated football practice lockers & position room and team room.
- Built new softball batting cage.
- Renovated baseball outfield fence.
- Renovated tennis courts.
- Renovated track surface.
- Built new locker area (volleyball & tennis).
- Building the largest video board in HBCU History.