Lewis named Director of Football Operations

January 19, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill announced today the hiring of Danny Lewis as the Director of Football Operations. Lewis, a former assistant coach and administrator in the collegiate ranks, makes his way to Murfreesboro after spending the past five years at The Citadel.

"We are very pleased to have Danny and his family join our program," said Stockstill. "Danny is a hard worker who has been around the game as a player, coach, and administrator, and his experience will be invaluable to me and the program."

Along with overseeing the day-to-day logistics of the football program, Lewis will organize all recruiting efforts while working closely with the head coach.

Lewis, who spent last year as an Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Academic Services, was an assistant coach for the Bulldogs his first four years. From 2001 through the 2004 season, Lewis served as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2003 and 2004 he was elevated to Assistant Head Coach.

"I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with Coach Stockstill and the staff he has assembled at Middle Tennessee," said Lewis. "My family and I are excited about moving to Murfreesboro and being a part of the community."

Much of the Bulldogs' successes with recruiting from 2001 to 2004 were a direct result of Lewis' work. Lewis had strong recruiting ties in the state of South Carolina and was a driving force behind two of the largest recruiting classes in school history. He came to The Citadel from the University of South Carolina where he assisted with recruiting for Coach Lou Holtz's Gamecocks.

During Lewis' tenure at The Citadel he coached back-to-back-to-back-to-back All-Southern Conference performers at running back with Maurice Murphy taking home the hardware in 2001 and junior Nehemiah Broughton earning all-league accolades in 2002 and 2003. Under Lewis' guidance Broughton excelled and became only the 11th Bulldog in history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season in 2002. Broughton was taken in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

A native of Lexington, S.C., where he played wide receiver at Lexington High, Lewis played tight end and lettered at Charleston Southern before graduating in 1995 from the University of South Carolina. He began his coaching career at Newberry College under Mike Taylor from 1998-99, and guided the offensive line and acted as the Indians' recruiting coordinator. While at Newberry, which broke various school records during his stop there, Lewis coached four all-South Athletic Conference performers, including left tackle Van Williams, who participated in the Division II All-Star Game.

He spent the spring of 2000 on Coach Tony Felder's staff at Benedict College as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator before accepting a graduate assistant's position under Holtz at USC, working primarily with recruiting. He was a member of the USC coaching staff that led the Gamecocks to one of the most memorable seasons in their history, including a victory over Ohio State in the 2000 Outback Bowl in Tampa.

Born June 16, 1972, Lewis is married to the former Kim Shaw of Lexington. They have two sons, Eric (6) and Alex (3).

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