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Bev Lewis to be recognized in pre-game ceremony

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Bev Lewis to be recognized in pre-game ceremony

FAYETTEVILLE – Bev Lewis, associate vice chancellor and executive associate athletic director, will participate in the "A" Walk of Honor on Saturday prior to Arkansas’ football game against South Carolina at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

For more than three decades, Lewis has served the University of Arkansas and its Razorback athletic programs as a coach and administrator. The former Director of Women’s Athletics, Lewis has been at the forefront of creating opportunities for all Razorback student-athletes, especially those competing in women’s sports. During her tenure, the University of Arkansas has moved to increase athletic participation for women with the addition of volleyball, golf, gymnastics and softball. All four sports competed in NCAA post-season competition last season and have established themselves as nationally competitive programs.

In her current role, Lewis is the coordinator of a five-member sport administrator group that provides day-to-day administrative support for each of Arkansas’ 19 sports. Lewis is the sport administrator for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, softball and volleyball. In addition, Lewis oversees and coordinates the Razorback Performance Team, including the strength and conditioning, nutrition, psychology, athletic training and sports medicine programs. She also serves as a liaison to the faculty senate and the faculty athletic committee, and coordinates the department’s, Title IX compliance as well as assists with fundraising.

"Throughout her tenure as a coach and an athletics administrator, Bev Lewis has made a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of Razorback student-athletes," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Her commitment to expanding opportunities and enhancing the student-athlete experience at the University of Arkansas has been instrumental in the continued growth and success of Razorback Athletics. The ‘A’ Walk provides an opportunity for us to show our sincere appreciation for all that she has done and that she continues to do for the University of Arkansas and the Razorback program."

The largest portion of her service to the university was her 19-year tenure as the Director of Women’s Athletics. As a result of her strong emphasis on the classroom, Razorback female student-athletes received numerous academic honors including national academic All-American of the year, team academic national titles and the university’s first two SEC/H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Her leadership was also a part of the success of the university’s Campaign for the Twenty-First Century. Lewis directed Women’s Athletics to over $11.5 million in direct support for women’s teams. During the campaign, Lewis received one of her greatest personal honors as Bob and Marilyn Bogle requested that Arkansas’ new facility be named the Bev Lewis Center for Women’s Athletics. In 1998, she was voted into the University Of Arkansas Hall Of Honor.

Lewis served collegiate athletics at the highest level as an administrator, as a member of the NCAA Management Council, the NCAA Championship Cabinet and the Southeastern Conference Executive Committee. Prior to assuming the duties of AD, Lewis was women’s cross country and track coach. Her Arkansas coaching milestones included the first women’s team to achieve a national ranking, first team ranked in the top 10 and the first women’s team to win a conference championship.

Lewis earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan in 1979 and followed it with her master’s from Purdue prior to her arrival at Arkansas in 1981. The former Bev Rouse, is married to Harley Lewis.

"Running through the A" is one of the Razorbacks’ most storied football traditions. While "Running through the A" is a tradition reserved only for members of the Razorback football team, Razorback Athletics created a program in 2010 to honor those individuals or groups who have played a significant role in the support of Razorback Athletics.

Honorees are invited to participate in this unique pre-game experience and are recognized on the video board and over the public address system as they walk through the "A" formed by the Razorback Marching Band. After completing the walk, honorees help complete the "A" before welcoming the Arkansas Razorback football team on the field just prior to kickoff. Honorees will also be inducted into the "A" Walk of Honor Hall of Fame.

Previous honorees have included members of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, the Willard and Pat Walker family, Bob and Marilyn Bogle, Tommy May, Boyce Billingsley and Rick Massey.

Tickets for Saturday’s game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium are still available online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by contacting the Razorback Ticket Office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). Tickets begin at $55. Kickoff for the game is set for 11:21 a.m.



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