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Dr. Bob Lewis Inducted Into U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame
12/18/2015

Dr. Bob Lewis Inducted Into U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Dr. Bob Lewis speaks to the more than 1,200 people gathered for the induction ceremony.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Legendary Frostburg State head coach Dr. Robert Lewis was inducted into the 2015 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. He was one of six inductees honored in front of more than 1,200 people at the JW Marriott San Antonio Resort and Spa. His selection was announced in August.

Lewis shared memory after memory on Tuesday night during his induction speech, but left one lasting memory to those in attendance.

"Ladies and gentlemen, you will never be forgotten as a coach," said Lewis. "You will be remembered forever."

Spanning over 30 years, Lewis' coaching career began at Frostburg in 1970 and lasted until 2001. In between, Lewis elevated both the track & field and cross country programs to national prominence.

"This recognition is really for the entire Frostburg State University program of track and field and cross country, not just me," said Lewis. "We have benefited so much from the work of other coaches, most particularly that of Dr. Charles Hircock, who coordinated our recruiting efforts and coached the throwing events for three decades. We were very fortunate to have had many graduate-assistant coaches who did outstanding work, and, obviously, our athletes -- many of whom were from western Maryland -- were exceptionally talented, motivated and competitive."

He guided his track & field teams to NCAA Division III National Championships during the indoor season in 1986 and during the outdoor seasons in 1986 and 1987. Lewis was selected as the NCAA Div. III National Track & Field Coach of the Year three times and NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region Cross Country Coach of the Year three times.

He led the FSU men's and women's cross country teams to a pair of top-10 and 10 top-20 national finishes with 11 Mason-Dixon Conference championships and 18 championships as a member of other conferences. He also guided the teams to a combined 56 victories at invitational meets.

During his track & field coaching career, 68 of Lewis's athletes received All-American honors and turned in 113 total All-American performances. Frostburg State University produced 14 NCAA Division III National Champions and established six national meet records.

Lewis' track & field teams produced 12 top-10 Div. III finishes and his final team in 2001 finished third nationally. The Bobcat track & field programs won ECAC Indoor Championships in 1987 & 1988, captured Mason-Dixon Conference Championship titles 29 times, won 22 invitational meets and posted a 117-4 overall record against rivals Towson, Salisbury and UMBC.

FSU Hall of Famer and former men's track participant, Carl Schuler, won the 1978 NAIA National Championship in the 2-mile walk and was a member of the 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic track & field teams.

"I am also very appreciative of the extensive newspaper coverage given to our teams by the Cumberland Times-News; that publicity was important to us in our endeavors to promote the Bobcat runners, jumpers, and throwers," added Lewis. "Thanks to all of our former coaches and athletes, I have wonderful memories of my 31 years as a coach at Frostburg."

Lewis became the 162nd inductee in the Frostburg Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2010. He is Frostburg's first USTFCCCA Hall of Fame inductee. Lewis still serves as a professor in Frostburg's Department of Kinesiology and Recreation.

 

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu