Brian Lewallen

Men's Assistant Basketball Coach
Sherwood Center, Whitman College
Walla Walla, Wash. 99362

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Prolific Scorer Returns to Whitman
as Men's Assistant Basketball Coach

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- As a first-year assistant coach with the men's basketball program at Whitman College, Brian Lewallen knows from experience what it takes to make a successful run through the always rugged Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC).

Lewallen, a three-year starter at Whitman, was an all-around force on the basketball floor for the Missionaries and one of the more prolific scorers in school history.

Over the course of his four seasons at Whitman, the 6-foot-3 swing man scored a total of 1,183 points while grabbing 465 rebounds, handing out 168 assists and collecting 112 steals. He led Whitman in steals as a sophomore and junior and was second as senior.

Lewallen, a 1991 graduate of Redmond, Wash., High School, earned second-team all- conference honors at the end of his junior and senior seasons at Whitman. As a junior, he exploded for a career-high 41 points in a victory over Pacific Lutheran. As a senior, he averaged 17.2 points and 5.5 rebounds against conference opponents.

Lewallen earned "player of the week" honors in the NCIC in mid-January, 1995, after scoring 74 points and snaring 16 rebounds and six steals in three Whitman victories. The trio of triumphs propelled Whitman into sole possession of first place at the midway point of the NCIC season.

The Missionaries faded somewhat in the second half of the Lieuallen's senior season, losing two games in overtime and a third contest by two points on the road. But Whitman nonetheless finished fourth in the final conference standings to qualify for the post-season playoffs.

"Brian provided us with some great leadership over his four-year career here at Whitman," head coach Skip Molitor said. "He certainly was one of the best offensive players we've had, but he also was a very good defensive player. He was a tremendous all-around athlete, and he worked very hard."

Lewallen, who majored in sociology and psychology at Whitman, completed his degree in December 1995. After filling in for a friend for several months as an administrative assistant at the landmark Space Needle in Seattle, Wash., Lewallen returned to campus this fall at the request of coach Skip Molitor to gain some experience in the realm of coaching.

"Coaching this season is a feeling out process for me," Lewallen said. "My primary interest is sports psychology, but coaching is something that could be part of my future." Lewallen, 24, plans to apply next spring to a number of master's degree programs in sports psychology. His graduate schools of choice include the University of Washington and Western Washington University, as well as the University of North Carolina, Duke and the University of Australia, Adelaide.

Lewallen was a two-time all-conference selection during his prep career at Redmond High School. Redmond competes in the Kingco Conference, the most competitive high school league in the state. Lewallen's high school opponents included Mark Pope, who recently graduated from Kentucky, last year's NCAA Div. 1 national champion, and Donny Marshall, who played at the University of Connecticut. Both Pope and Marshall are now playing in the NBA.