American University product Kaitlyn Lewis enters her first season as an assistant coach for The University of Scranton women's basketball program in 2019-20.
Lewis joined the Lady Royals program fresh off the heels of finishing up her own athletic career at American, where she was a member of the Eagles' women's basketball program, earning four letters. The hiring was also a return home for Lewis, as the 2015 North Pocono High School graduate came back to Northeastern Pennsylvania with her hiring.
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, she 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 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.