Lewis “Lew” Andreas

Lewis “Lew” Andreas

Basketball

Enshrined: 1988

Born: February 25, 1895

Sterling, Ill.

Died: June 16, 1983

From 1924 through 1950, Lew Andreas was the most successful basketball coach in Syracuse University history. A no-nonsense coach and a former three-sport college athlete, Andreas compiled an impressive coaching record of 355 wins with 133 losses during his 27-year tenure with the Orangemen. His 1925 -1926 team, led by MVP Vic Hanson, won the Helms National Championship.

But Andreas’ influence in athletics extended beyond basketball. From 1927 to 1929, Andreas not only coached the basketball team, he also was the university’s head football coach (15-10-3 record). As the director of Physical Education and Athletics from 1937 until his retirement in 1964, Andreas helped bring SU programs such as basketball, football and lacrosse to national prominence.

Andreas served on the NCAA Basketball Committee (1943-1944 and 1954-1958) and was president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Andreas was also responsible for bringing the Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s annual regatta to Syracuse (1952).

Andreas was named to Helms Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1948.

Career highlights:

1924-1950: Coached Syracuse University basketball and was the winningest coach in school history, compiling a record of 355 wins and 133 losses.

1925-1926: Coach of the Helms National Championship basketball team led by MVP Vic Hanson.

1927-1929: Head coach of the SU football team and finished with 15-10-3 record.

1937-1964: Director of Physical Education and Athletics at Syracuse University

1948: Named to Helms Collegiate Hall of Fame

1982: Received the Blind Men and Criers annual “Edward J Kearney Award” for service to the Syracuse community.

Other groups/associations: Served as President of the Central New York Football Officials’ Association for many years; President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and member of the Board of Trustees of its national governing body; Lifetime member of the New York State Association for Health, Physical, Education, and Recreation.

 

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