Head Wrestling Coach
The 2008-09 season marks Dan Lewis' 12th overall year as the head wrestling coach at Colorado School of Mines. Lewis, who returned for his second stint as the Orediggers' head coach in 2007-08, also served in the same capacity at CSM from 1992-93 to 2001-02. Lewis relinquished his duties as CSM's Associate Director of Athletics prior to the 2008-09 season.
In 2007-08, CSM compiled a 4-6-0 record in RMAC duals (5-10-0 overall) and earned recognition on the National Wrestling Coaches Association's NCAA Division II All-Academic Top 15 Teams list. The Orediggers, who came in at #15 on the NWCA's 2007-08 list, also landed four individuals on the 2007-08 NCAA Division II All-Academic Wrestling Teams (Cody Weitzel, Kellen Costelow, Chris Saykally, Bobby Strain). Four of Lewis' previous teams at CSM secured the NWCA's All-Academic Team Championship, and in the 15-year history of the award, no other school has won more All-Academic Team Championships than Colorado School of Mines, which has earned the honor on five occasions (1994-95, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2005-06).
During his first 10 seasons guiding the Orediggers (1992-93 to 2001-02), Lewis coached four NCAA Division II National Champions and 10 All-Americans. After leading the Orediggers to a seventh-place finish at the 1996 NCAA Division II National Championships, Lewis was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year. Even more, Lewis coached a pair of national champions and three All-Americans during the 1995-96 season.
Lewis began his wrestling career at Fountain Valley High School and captured the California Interscholastic Federation championship in 1971 while posting a 30-0 record with 23 pins. Lewis proceeded to take third place at the high school national tournament held at Oklahoma State University.
Lewis began his collegiate career at Orange Coast Community College, where he recorded 42 falls in two seasons. A two-time All-American at Orange Coast C.C., Lewis transferred to Cal State - Fullerton for his final two seasons.
At Cal State - Fullerton, Lewis was selected as the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1975 and 1976, capturing conference titles both years (177 pounds). Lewis was 17-0-1 in duals in 1976 and qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1977. Lewis left the program with a school-record 30 career pins and an overall record of 67-6-1 in two seasons.
Lewis' coaching career began at Louisiana State University, where he was an assistant coach from 1980-82. Lewis served as the head coach at Cal State - Fullerton for the next 10 seasons, leading the Titans into the NCAA Top 25 in 1990 and 1991. Seven of Lewis' wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1991, and the team finished with a 13-8 record.
Lewis resides in Golden with his wife, Megan. The couple has a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Serena. Dylan is a redshirt freshman on the CSM wrestling team.