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Pitt athletics honors track and field coach with posthumous Hall of Fame induction

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A Pitt track and field athlete competes at the NCAA East Preliminaries in 2016.

is arguably the most impressive class inducted thus far. Pitt will celebrate the 10-person class during homecoming weekend on September 13 — the night before the Backyard Brawl against West Virginia.

Legendary Pitt track and field coach Steve Lewis will be honored with a posthumous induction into this class. Lewis coached track and field for over five decades, finding success everywhere he went, including during an 18-year tenure with the Panthers.

Born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Lewis when he became close with another family living in the .

Lewis attended Wingate High School in Brooklyn, where he . After graduating from Wingate.

Lewis earned a track and field scholarship from Virginia State College, which is now known as Norfolk State University.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education, Lewis coached basketball and track at Thomas Hunter, an all-black high school in Mathews County, Virginia. after Thomas Hunter integrated with the all-white Mathews High School.

Lewis moved to coach at Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia, where he built a with 34 track All-Americans, four national record holders and 12 state championship teams. It didn’t take long for Lewis to be . Lewis finished his high school coaching career with a meet record of 132-18.

Lewis arrived at Pitt in 1982 and became the head women’s track and field coach in 1984. In 1994, Lewis became the head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams before he left the University in 2002.

While coaching at Pitt, Lewis oversaw

As a team, the Panthers won five Big East conference titles, and the .

After surviving a heart attack in 2000, Lewis moved on to Eastern Michigan University in 2002. While at Eastern Michigan University, and oversaw a 16th-place finish for the university in the .

After a brief stint at Delaware State University, Lewis returned to Virginia in 2008 to coach at Hampton University. While coaching at Hampton University, Lewis coached the and teams to second-place finishes in the MEAC Indoor Championships and the team in the MEAC Outdoor Championships

After he retired from coaching in 2012, Lewis could not stay away from mentoring for long as he volunteered at I.C. Norcum in Portsmouth, Virginia not long after. .

Lewis found success at every corner. His accomplishments as a Panther, as well as his status as a legend in the sport, have earned him his place in the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame.

Lewis’s induction allows him to be honored alongside four athletes he coached in the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame. These athletes include , a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder in the 110-meter hurdles, , a four-time NCAA champion, , a two-time NCAA champion and , a seven-time NCAA champion.

Lewis on Jan. 23, 2016, at the age of 72, but the famed track and field coach will have his memory engraved in the history books forever.

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Conor Hutchison, Staff Writer