RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College alumnus and athletics department staff member Ivan Lewis of Prospect Park has been elected to the Athletics Hall of Fame at Tompkins Cortland Community College, Tomkins Cortland director of athletics & recreation Mick McDaniel recently announced.
Lewis was elected for athletic achievement in the sport of men's basketball. Playing at Tompkins Cortland, commonly known as 'TC3,' from 2000-02, he set the Panthers' all-time scoring record of 1,435 points. That mark still stands today. He averaged 29.3 points for his junior college career, and his 30.7 points per game as a redshirt freshman in 2000-01 made him the national leader in the NJCAA that season.
Lewis also holds the TC3 single game scoring record of 55, set on February 5, 2002. He will be inducted on April 13 in an on-campus ceremony along with golfer Clint Chaffee '06 and coach Brent Doane.
"While Ivan does hold virtually every scoring record at TC3," McDaniel said, "I nominated him based on his quality as compared to hundreds of NJCAA players that have graced our floors over the years, and, more importantly, for the success that he has earned after his years here. He would be a standout player on every one of the teams that TC3 has had or competed against, and we are so proud that he elected to be a student-athlete at our school."
After graduating from Tompkins Cortland with an associate degree in business administration, Lewis enrolled at Felician. He played two seasons for the Golden Falcons, and was a tri-captain on the 2003-04 squad that won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular-season championship and the ECAC Division II title. He shares the Felician record for assists in a game with 14.
"When you put so much time, effort, and commitment into something, and then one day you're recognized for that, it means a lot," said Lewis, a product of Hoover (Ala.) High School. "It's gratifying and humbling. The faculty and staff at TC3 were a strong support system for me and helped me stay on the right path, and Mick McDaniel especially has always been a mentor."
Lewis returned to Felician in 2008-09 and assumed his first collegiate coaching position as an assistant on the Golden Falcon men's basketball staff. Prior to the 2012-13 season, he was promoted to associate head coach by current Felician head man David DeFerrari.
"While I didn't know Ivan as a player at TC3, I certainly knew him as a player at Felician," DeFerrari said. "Then, over the past five years, I have gotten to know Ivan Lewis, the person. He is a great young coach with an unyielding passion for the game of basketball. Most importantly, Ivan is a good man, husband, and father, and a positive role model for our young student-athletes at Felician College. I am very happy for him, as he is most deserving of this honor."
Lewis also serves the Felician athletics department as its administrative assistant and its advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He owns a BA in marketing/management from Felician (2004) and an MA in sports management from California (Pa.) University (2010).