Lew Andreas

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Lewis Andreas (February 25, 1895 – June 16, 1983) was the head coach for Syracuse University's men's basketball and football programs beginning in the 1920s. The Sterling, Illinois native played baseball, basketball and football at University of Illinois as a freshman before transferring to Syracuse. He then played football and baseball, but ironically not basketball, for the Orangemen (now Orange) before embarking on his coaching career.

Andreas coached the Orangemen basketball team from 1924 to 1950, except for two years in World War II when the team was suspended due to travel restrictions. He guided the Orangemen basketball program to a 355–134 (.726) overall record in 24 years. Led by standout Vic Hanson, his 1925–26 team finished the season with a 19–1 record[1] and was retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[2][3] In football, Andreas compiled a 15–10–3 overall record between 1927 and 1929.

He also 'had a cup of coffee' in the professional leagues as a player for the Syracuse Pros.


  1. ^ "Syracuse season-by-season results". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball – NCAA Division I Champions". Rauzulu's Street. 2004. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 538. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2. 

External links

  • OrangeHoops.org profile of Andreas
  • Lewis Andreas – New York Times obituary
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