ECAC Coach of the Year 2003, 2006
During Mary Lewis' 22-year tenure as the head women's gymnastics coach at William and Mary, the Tribe program has distinguished itself with competitive success in the gym and academic excellence in the classroom. Evidence of the success can be found in the program's six Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and the numerous national scholar-athlete citations earned by Tribe gymnasts under Lewis' guidance.
A two-time ECAC Coach of the Year, Lewis' six conference championships include three consecutive titles from 2001-03 and back-to-back titles during the past two seasons. In addition to the collective success experienced by the team, a number of Tribe gymnasts have also garnered individual accolades under Lewis' tutelage. Since taking over the program in 1995, Lewis has coached 18 different gymnasts to 29 total NCAA Regional appearances. Additionally, Lewis' gymnasts have claimed 23 individual ECAC titles, as well as ECAC Gymnast of the Year honorees during each of the last three seasons and ECAC Specialist of the Year selections during each of the past two.
Last season proved to be another outstanding year for the Tribe, as the squad claimed its second consecutive ECAC title and sent three gymnasts to NCAA Regionals. Additionally, Brittany Stover was honored as the ECAC Gymnast of the Year for the second consecutive season, Maggie Lundeen was chosen as the ECAC Specialist of the Year and Larson Lasek was recognized as one of four Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Additionally, five Tribe gymnasts combined to earn 10 all-conference honors, which was highlighted by three league titles by Stover. The New Albany, Ind., native went on to place ninth in all-around at the NCAA Auburn Regional. W&M gymnasts also excelled in the classroom, as 10 standouts were selected to the ECAC All-Academic Team, while Stover earned the prestigious Martha Barksdale Award.
Last year also produced a number of record-setting performances, as the team set the vault record versus Bridgeport (49.125) and posted the program’s second-best scores on beam (49.050 at ECAC Championship) and floor (49.225 vs. Bridgeport). Individually, Brittany Stover broke her own school records in all-around (39.500) and on vault (9.950)
The Tribe claimed the program’s fifth ECAC title behind outstanding performances by a number of gymnasts in 2014. In addition to winning the team championship, Brittany Stover was honored as the league’s Gymnast of the Year, while Brandy Stover was selected as the Specialist of the Year. Additionally, five Tribe standouts combined to win nine all-conference honors. Following the conference meet, Brittany Stover competed as an all-arounder at the NCAA Regional and placed ninth, bettering her 13th-place showing at the meet during the previous season.
The 2014 campaign also produced a number of record-setting performances, highlighted by its effort at George Washington when it posted the program’s top all-time score on vault (49.025). The season was also highlighted by posting the program’s fifth-best score on beam (48.725) in a home quad meet, while Brittany Stover set school records in all-around (39.175) and on vault (9.925).
The 2013 season also produced tremendous success, as four gymnasts represented W&M at the NCAA Regionals. Brittany Stover highlighted the performances by placing 13th in all-around, while Jessica Pritchard (all-around), Brandy Stover (beam) and Maggie Lundeen (floor) also competed at the event. It marked the third consecutive season in which multiple Tribe gymnasts qualified for NCAA Regionals.
In addition to the regional appearances by the quartet, W&M standouts earned a number of other accolades in 2013. Pritchard was honored as the ECAC Co-Gymnast of the Year, while Brittany Stover was selected as the ECAC Rookie of the Year. Additionally, Brittany Stover claimed the ECAC all-around title and Lundeen won the floor title, while the duo combined with three other Tribe gymnasts to garner a total of eight all-conference honors a the league championship.
During the 2012 season, Kristin Milardo was chosen as the USAG Collegiate Senior Gymnast of the Year, while she also earned USAG Collegiate All-America distinction in all-around and on vault and bars. Pritchard (all-around, bars, beam), Stacia Ruse (floor) and Brandy Stover (beam) also garnered USAG Collegiate All-America honors following their impressive performances at the season-ending national meet. Both Pritchard and Milardo also competed at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional as all-arounders and placed 10th and 12th, respectively. A trio of Tribe gymnasts earned All-ECAC distinction at the league championship, as Stover tied for the individual title on beam while Pritchard garnered first-team accolades on bars and Milardo earned second-team distinction on vault.
Although regional appearances by Cream and Beck highlighted the 2011 season, the team also accumulated a number of other honors. Beck posted a third-place finish on beam at the USAG Championships, while four W&M gymnasts earned All-ECAC distinction at the league championship.
The 2010 season was highlighted with the team's second-place finish at the ECAC Championship and an appearance at USAG Nationals. Individually, Beck placed 13th in all-around at NCAA Regionals, while three gymnasts combined to earn five USAG All-America certificates. Additionally, five Tribe standouts combined to earn 10 All-ECAC honors.
The 2009 season was also a successful campaign for the Tribe, as the team earned the program's best showing at USAG Nationals with a third-place finish. Milardo's 12th-place finish in all-around at the NCAA Regional highlighted the squad's individual performances. She also earned a pair of USAG Collegiate First Team All-America certificates on vault and floor, while Jen Stack and Karla Bercaw garnered first team-honors on bars and vault, respectively. Additionally, four W&M standouts combined to earn seven all-conference honors at the ECAC Championship.
The 2008 season also provided a number of highlights, as Waldman not only qualified for the NCAA Regional for the second consecutive season but also claimed the all-around championship at the USAG Collegiate Nationals. Waldman also earned first-team All-America certificates on bars and beam, while Stack and Ali Medeiros claimed top-10 finishes and first-team distinction on bars. The team piled up a bevy of all-conference accolades as well, as Waldman garnered three first-team honors and was the champion on bars, while Stack earned first-team accolades on vault and bars. Stephanie Bevan and Medeiros claimed first-team certificates on beam and bars, respectively, while the squad also picked up four second-team honors.
During the '07 season, Lewis sent two gymnasts to the NCAA Southeast Regional, as Long and Waldman both qualified as individual participants for the competition. It marked the fourth time in her career that Lewis had two gymnasts qualify for regionals. Long made her second career appearance at regionals as an all-arounder, while Waldman became the 10th different Tribe gymnast under Lewis to reach regionals.
W&M also made its second-straight appearance in the USAG Collegiate Nationals in 2007, and the Tribe once again took home a number of individual honors. Waldman and Christina Padilla earned USAG first-team All-America honors with Waldman getting the distinction on floor and Padilla receiving the accolades on both vault and bars. Additionally, Long (all-around) and Medeiros (bars) were named USAG second-team All-Americans. During the previous season, the Tribe made its first trip to USAGs under Lewis, earning a fourth-place finish in the team competition. Tribe gymnasts garnered nine different USAG All-America honors, including Brittany Gibbs and Jess Randall, who shared the USAG individual national championships in the floor exercise.
Following the 2006 season, Lewis was recognized by her peers as the ECAC Coach of the Year for the second time in her career. That season, the Tribe earned a second-place finish at the ECAC Championship, the program's best finish since winning three-straight league titles from 2001 to 2003. Lewis also saw Tribe gymnasts earn 11 all-conference awards, including an individual vault conference title by Brittany Gibbs. Additionally, Christina Padilla was honored as the ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year, while seven gymnasts earned ECAC All-Academic Team honors.
In addition to success in the gym, Lewis has stressed the importance of academics. This is evident each year when the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches honors student-athletes for superb academic performances. During the 2015 season nine Tribe gymnasts earned NACGC national scholar-athlete awards, as Larson Lasek, Taylor James, Stacia Ruse, Brandy Stover, Kristie Wei, Alyssa Glass, Brittany Stover, Olivia O’Connor, and Monica Ouellet were honored. During the last 11 seasons, Tribe gymnasts have combined to earn the honor 56 times. Additionally, six Tribe gymnasts have combined to win eight ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards.
Lewis has been coaching collegiate gymnastics since 1991, when she was the head coach at Longwood College for the 1991-92 season. She joined the staff at James Madison University in 1992 and served as a graduate assistant until 1994, before taking over the program at the College.
Lewis graduated Magna Cum Laude from CNU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in governmental administration and public management. She completed her master's degree at JMU in kinesiology and adult fitness in May of 1994, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Lewis spends her summers working at the Woodward Gymnastics Camp in Woodward, Pa., organizing weekly schedules for campers ranging in levels from beginner to elite. She has a 20-year-old son, Zachary, who is a junior at VCU.