Mark Lewis has been named head coach of the Middlebury men's and women's squash programs. Lewis comes to Middlebury from the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, where he has served as head coach for the past six seasons. A 1993 graduate of Trinity College, Lewis is just the fifth coach for the women's program since 1976 and the third for the men since it became a varsity program in 2007.
"I am excited to have Mark Lewis join our staff and community as the head men's and women's squash coach," said Director of Athletics Erin Quinn. "Mark's squash credentials are outstanding and will ensure that the student-athletes in our programs will receive excellent coaching. Mark is also an outstanding educator, so the impact he will have on the squash program will go well beyond the courts."
Lewis recently completed his sixth year at the Potomac School as the head varsity coach for both the boys' and girls' teams. While there, he led the girls varsity high school squash team to three regional championships in the past four years, while coaching the boys' varsity high school team to four regional championships in the past five years including three undefeated seasons. During the 2013-14 season, both the boys' and girls' teams placed in the top 16 in the country for the first time in The Potomac School's squash history.
"I look forward to working with a group of talented, motivated student-athletes that comprise the Middlebury squash program," said Lewis. I am eager to utilize my 20-plus years of coaching and playing experience to assist in the growth, improvement and performance of each team member on a daily basis."
As a player at Trinity, he served as the Bantams' men's team captain during his final year. A season before, Lewis was selected as an All American by the US Squash Intercollegiate Association. A multi-sport athlete, he was named to the New England East/West All-Star Lacrosse Team as a sophomore.
After graduation, Lewis was a member of the U.S. Men's National Team where he was ranked in the top five in the country and represented the U.S. at the Pan American Federation Championships in Medellin, Colombia and Mexico City, Mexico. Lewis joined the Professional Squash Association World Tour from 1995 to 2002, where he achieved the #2 ranking in the U.S., the #106 ranking in the world and competed on the Professional Squash Association World Tour. During that period, he was named the United States Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year.
Lewis began his coaching career in 2000 when he served as the U.S. Men's Junior National Coach where he prepared teams to participate in the World Junior Championships in Milan, Italy and Chennai, India. He has also been the head squash professional at the Union Boat Club in Boston and the Executive Director of the DC Squash Academy in Washington, D.C.
Lewis has collegiate coaching experience at Georgetown University where he led the Hoyas' men's and women's newly created teams to their highest national rankings of 29th and 24th, respectively. He is also the U.S. Squash Association's Mid-Atlantic Region Regional Squad Head Coach for the top 13, 15 and 17 boys and girls in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Aside from coaching, Lewis served as chairperson of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association Men's Committee from 2002 through 2006 in addition to being a board member of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association from 1997 until 2003.
"I look forward to building on the strong legacy left by Coach John Illig and tapping the enormous talent that exists in these squads," said Lewis.