Ralph Lewis is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Sonics, having originally joined the team on Aug. 26, 2005.
Lewis, head coach of the Huntsville Flight (NBA Development League) from 2002 through last season, compiled a 73-71 record in three seasons with the club, including two consecutive playoff appearances. The Flight set team records for number of wins in a season with 24 in 2003-04 and 27 in 2004-05. Prior to being named head coach, Lewis served as an assistant coach under Bob Thornton in 2001-02. During the 1997-98 season, Lewis was an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.
A native of Philadelphia, Lewis played professionally for 10 years in minor-league basketball, international ball and the NBA. The three-year NBA player had stints with the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets where he averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 99 regular-season games. Lewis was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
A 1985 graduate of LaSalle University, Lewis averaged 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during his collegiate career and shot 53 percent from the field.
In addition to his playing and coaching experience, Lewis has worked as an executive in the human resources and healthcare fields. Lewis and his wife Keami are the parents of Ralph III and Bianca.