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Georgetown announces former L.A. Sparks assistant Jim Lewis as Keith Brown's interim replacement

After Georgetown University women's basketball head coach Keith Brown resigned amid allegations of verbal abuse of his players, the school announced today that they have hired Jim Lewis as the interim head coach.

"I'm very happy to have Jim Lewis leading our women's basketball program this season," Reed said. "He has a tremendous background in coaching and leadership in a career that has made him very well respected, not only in the Washington, D.C., area, but nationally as well. "

Lewis comes to the Hilltop with more than 40 years of experience at every level of the game including stops with Team USA, as well as in the WNBA, NCAA and high school.

As mentioned in the Georgetown release, Lewis was last with the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks before leaving the team for "family reasons", according to the Associated Press. His "local" ties (i.e. DMV area) include coaching Tierra Ruffin-Pratt at T.C. Williams High School, coaching the first Washington Mystics team, and coaching the George Mason women's basketball team. He also has coaching experience in men's college basketball.

For more on the controversy at Georgetown that necessitated a new hire, check out our storystream.