Shannon Lewis, who has been coaching collegiate soccer for more than a decade, enters her 10th season in the Pirate program as an assistant coach.
Her primary duties include day-to-day coaching, handling recruiting tasks and monitoring student-athletes' academics. Under her direction, the 2012 Pirates received their 11th-straight National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award and 13th in the last 15 seasons. To qualify for the academic award, teams were required to average at least a 3.0 GPA for the fall and spring semesters. The Pirates easily surpassed that standard, turning in a cumulative team mark of 3.34 in 2012.
Since 2005, Lewis' first with the Pirates, she has mentored three NSCAA All South Region selections (Meghan McCallion, Kat Norris/ twice and Madison Keller), 12 All-Conference USA players and eight all-freshman team honorees. In 2013, Caitlin Hite became the first freshman in program history to earn first team all-conference honors, as she was also named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
A native of Newtown, Pa., Lewis served as a graduate assistant coach at Marshall from 2003-05, when she was involved in all facets of the program. In her two seasons with the Herd, she had direct involvement in coaching Ashleigh Woods, a 2003 First-Team All- Mid-American Conference selection, as well as 2004 All-MAC Freshman Team honoree Kassie Hollman.
Prior to working at Marshall, Lewis served one year (2002-03) as an assistant coach at her alma mater, N.C. Wesleyan.
Lewis was a four-year starter, four-time Dixie Conference First Team and Scholar Athlete selection, three-time regional All-American and three-time captain for the Bishops. She guided N.C. Wesleyan to three NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-2001), four Dixie Conference titles, one tournament championship (2001) and the 1999 NCAA Southeast Regional Championship and subsequent Elite Eight appearance. As a freshman in 1998, she was named Dixie Conference Rookie-of-the-Year under the direction of Rob Donnenwirth. Away from the university setting, Lewis has spent two years (2009-10) as an assistant coach with the North Carolina Olympic Development Program (NC ODP).
She has also coached the West Virginia Rowdies (U-13 and U-11), Rocky Mount Raiders (U-12), Greenville's U-10 boys' team and the Pitt-Greenville Soccer Association's Academy Girls' teams. In addition, she has assisted with numerous clinics around the Pitt-Greenville area.
A 2001 graduate of N.C. Wesleyan with a B.A. in English, Lewis completed her master's degree in journalism and mass communications from Marshall in May of 2005.
In May of 2008, the former Shannon St. George married Erik Lewis. They are the parents of a daughter - Gwen Elizabeth - born in September 2012 and are expecting a second baby girl in November 2014.