Vanessa Blair-Lewis

Head Women’s Basketball Coach
George Mason University

Experience

2021 – Present: Head Coach, George Mason University

2008 – 2021: Head Coach, Bethune-Cookman University

1998 – 2007: Head Coach, Mount St. Mary’s University

1996 – 1998: Assistant Coach, Mount St. Mary’s University

1994 – 1996: Assistant Coach, Largo High School

1992 – 1994: Professional Player, Bro Basketball Club (Sweden)

1988 – 1992: Player, Mount St. Mary’s University

Education

2007: Mount St. Mary’s University, Masters, Business Administration

1992: Mount St. Mary’s University, Bachelors, Sociology

Personal

Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD

Family: Eric (Husband) & Blair, Bryce (Children)

Career Highlights

Career Division I Record
326-322 (.503) overall & 217-154 (.585) conference

20+ Win Seasons (6)
2019-20, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, 1999-00, 1998-99

Winning Seasons (9)
2019-20, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2009-10, 2001-02, 1999-00, 1998-99

Power Five Wins (1)
SEC

Conference Coach of the Year (5)
2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2009-10 MEAC & 1998-99 NEC

Conference Regular Season Championships (6)
2019-20, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16 MEAC & 2000-01, 1998-99 NEC

Conference Tournament Championships (1)
2018-19 MEAC

NCAA Tournament Berths (1)
2018-19

WNIT Berths (4)
2019-20, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16

In 2021-22 (first season), led George Mason to the most single-season wins (10) in three seasons, a seven-win improvement from the season prior to her arrival

Four-time MEAC Coach of the Year (2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2009-10)

Three-time BOXTOROW National Coach of the Year (2019-20, 2018-19, 2016-17)

From 2008 to 2021, led Bethune-Cookman to 196-168 (.538) overall record and six winning seasons, rebuilding a program that had only had two winning seasons in the 19 seasons prior to her arrival

From 2015 to 2020, guided Bethune-Cookman to 107-48 (.690) overall and 68-12 (.850) MEAC record, four 21+ win seasons, four MEAC Regular Season Championships (first in program history), one MEAC Tournament Championship, and five post-season berths (one NCAA Tournament – first in program history)

In 2017-18, led Bethune-Cookman to the most single-season (24) and MEAC (15) wins in program history

Bethune Cookman’s scoring offense finished 1st in the MEAC in 2019-20

Bethune-Cookman’s scoring defense finished nationally ranked 26th in 2017-18 and 8th in 2016-17, as well as 1st in the MEAC in 2016-17 and 2015-16

From 1998 to 2007, led Mount St. Mary’s to 120 overall wins and a 97-67 (.591) NEC record, two 20+ win seasons, and two NEC Regular Season Championships

As a Division I Head Coach, has recruited and coached 37 all-conference team selections, as well as three Players of the Year, one Rookie of the Year, and six Defensive Players of the Year

A two-time NEC Player of the Year, was inducted into the Mount St. Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, NEC Hall of Fame in 2013 and playing jersey was retired in 2019

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