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HBCU round up: Coppin State men’s basketball

7/30/2014, 6 a.m.
Coppin State’s Men’s Basketball Program has quietly putting together a basketball team that will be something to talk about this ...
Michael Grant is Coppin State University's new head basketball coach (Courtesy Photo)

— Coppin State’s Men’s Basketball Program has quietly putting together a basketball team that will be something to talk about this fall in Baltimore, Maryland. The new head coach, Michael Grant, is putting together a staff that is second none.

17-year coaching veteran Elwyn McRoy has been added as one of the assistant coaches for the Eagles.

At the NCAA Division I level, McRoy has been an assistant coach at Iowa State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Southern University and Texas-Pan American where he coached during the 2013-14 season. McRoy has received national recognition for his work, as CollegeInsider.com named him the No. 23 mid-major assistant coach in 2009, and Basketball Times Magazine selected him as one of the top 10 junior college recruiters in the country in 2008. He was also profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2013. In addition at UTPA, McRoy was voted as the No. 2 recruiting coach in the Western Athletic Conference by Next Up Recruits.

Doug Lewis will join Coppin State as an assistant coach; he comes to Baltimore from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin where he worked during the 2013-14 season as the men’s basketball Director of Player and Community Development.Lewis was a head coach at Division II institutions Central State (Ohio) and Northern Michigan where he compiled a 10-year overall coaching mark of 148-116.

Lewis experienced his greatest success as a head coach at Central State, where led his team to three 20-win seasons. The Maurauders won 22 games and participated in the NCAA Division II tournament in 2009-10. His 2008-09 and 2007-08 squads won Independent Athletic Association titles, posting marks of 19-8 and 21-4, respectively.In 2008 and 2009, Lewis was named the Independent Athletic Association Coach of the Year. In 2006-07, Central went 22-5 and was the runner-up in the NCAA Division II National Independent Tournament.

HBCU Round up as compiled by Phinesse Demps