Menzies Announces Staff Changes; Lewis Promoted, Steward Returning To Aggie Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With staff departures, New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has shuffled the deck. He promoted Gerald Lewis to assistant coach and brought back former Aggie Trei Steward as the strength and conditioning coach.

Lewis enters his fourth year with the Aggies and was the coordinator of player development for the previous three seasons.

"The continuity of transitioning from losing (assistant) coach (Chris) Pompey to hiring Gerald Lewis was a no-brainer after going through the interviewing process," Menzies said. "Gerald's professional playing experience along with his familiarity with NM State makes a perfect fit going forward."

Steward returns to NM State after a year away from the program. He was a center for the Aggies from 2006-08 and was a graduate assistant in 2008-09.

"Like Gerald, Trei is very familiar with our system and the way we do things here in the program," Menzies said. "He's very well-respected in the community and on campus, which should bode well for his transition into the position. His playing experience will obviously be a huge benefit for the current members of the team."

The Aggies begin the 2010-11 season early with a preseason trip to Canada, Aug. 8-16.