College of William and Mary Athletics
12/5/2018 11:56:00 AM
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Dec. 5, 2018) — After a remarkable career as the longest-tenured women’s gymnastics head coach in school history, Mary Lewis announced her retirement today, effective in June.
“It’s been an incredible journey and retiring will be bittersweet,” Lewis said. “William & Mary has provided me with a fulfilling career at an exceptional university. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and get to know some amazing people. Being here allowed me to raise my son around family. Most of all, I’ve had the pleasure and honor to coach so many remarkable young women. I have loved getting to know them as people, not just athletes, and I will miss that more than anything else.” During Lewis’ 25-year tenure as the Tribe’s head coach, her program distinguished itself with competitive success in the gym and academic excellence in the classroom.
A two-time ECAC Coach of the Year (2003-2006), Lewis’ six conference championships include three consecutive titles from 2001-03 and back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. W&M also claimed a league crown in 1999.
In addition to the championships, Lewis guided W&M to five runner-up finishes at the conference championship meet (1998, 2006, 2010, 2016, 2018) while the Tribe placed first or second during four of the last five seasons.
“We’d like to thank Mary for the steady and stable leadership she has provided the program,” William & Mary Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge said. “She has been the foundation of our program for over two decades and has impacted the lives of generations of our student-athletes. I wish her the best as she moves into the next phase of her life.” In addition to the team’s collective success, Tribe gymnasts thrived individually under Lewis’ tutelage and combined to earn 30 individual ECAC titles, as well as four ECAC Athletes of the Year, two ECAC Specialists of the Year and four ECAC Rookies of the Year. Additionally, Lewis coached 20 different …