June 9, 2013

Lewis named Lycoming women's soccer coach

Eric Lewis, after 11 years at Guilford, has been named head coach at Lycoming.
Guilford athletics photo

After 11 seasons as the head women's soccer coach at Guilford, Eric Lewis is set for a new chapter, as he will become the eighth head women's soccer coach in the history of Lycoming, director of athletics Mike Clark announced on Friday, June 7.

He replaces Matt Dunn, who compiled a record of 4-27-3 in two seasons as head coach, a .162 winning percentage.

"Eric Lewis has a sterling reputation throughout Division III soccer and we are thrilled that he will continue to build the Lycoming College women's soccer program," Clark said. "Eric has proven that he can build a program quickly, both at Louisburg College and Guilford College. He is going to recruit high-quality student-athletes and he'll have an inside track because he is already invested in the liberal arts college model."
In 13 seasons as a head collegiate coach, Lewis has amassed an overall record of 139-114-17 (.546), including a 101-109-15 (.482) mark in 11 years at Guilford in Greensboro, N.C., and a 38-5-2 (.867) record in two years at Louisburg College in Raleigh, N.C.
"I would like to thank [Provost and Dean of the College] Philip Sprunger, Mike Clark and the rest of the Lycoming College community for this tremendous opportunity," Lewis said. "I am incredibly excited to start a new chapter in my professional career and am ready to get to work helping the Lycoming College women's soccer program reach its potential."
Lewis has coached one All-American, four all-region student-athletes, six all-state performers and 19 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selections at Guilford. Guilford played in two ODAC Tournament finals under Lewis, reaching the championship match in back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, he guided the Quakers to a school-record nine ODAC wins. During his 11 years at the helm, he helped the team to five 10-win seasons, including four straight from 2003-06.
He also helped quickly build the program, from one that won 12 games in the previous two years prior to his arrival to a team that won 20 games in his first two seasons and reached the ODAC Conference finals for the first time in school history in just his fourth year as coach.
Lewis came to Guilford in 2002, returning to Greensboro from Louisburg, where he earned back-to-back NJCAA Region X Coach of the Year Awards in two seasons as head coach. He quickly rebuilt the Louisburg program, leading it to a 14-win improvement and an 18-4-1 record in his first year with the program. The 2001 team reached the NJCAA District D finals and was ranked 12th in the final national junior college poll after posting a 20-1-1 record.
Lewis stepped into collegiate coaching in 1998, when he spent one season as the assistant men's soccer coach at Guilford and he also spent four seasons at the high school level, assisting Southeast Guilford to the girls' state title in 1997.
A Chapel Hill, N.C., native, Lewis has coached in the Jamestown (N.C.) Soccer Club and works at the North Carolina Girls' Soccer Camp, as an administrator and facilities director.
Lewis earned a bachelor's degree in history from High Point in 1998. He earned a master's degree in military history from Norwich in 2010.
The Lewis File
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
1998 – Bachelor of Arts – History, High Point University
2010 – Master of Arts – History, Norwich University
Collegiate Coaching Experience
1998 – Guilford College – Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
2000-01 – Louisburg College – Head Women's Soccer Coach
2002-12 – Guilford College – Head Women's Soccer Coach
2013-Pres. – Lycoming College – Head Women's Soccer Coach

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