Head Coach Rupert Lewis
Taking over in the fall of 2005, Lewis inherited a program that posted a 2-14 record the previous season and endured the only two losing seasons of his tenure before setting the team record for victories in his third year.
Prior to the “Lewis Era” the SJC field hockey team posted an aggregate 48-107 (.310) record – with just one winning season - in 10 years as a varsity program. Heading into the 2018 campaign, the 24th-year program is 204-194 (.513).
By far the winningest (156-87) and most successful (.642 winning percentage) in the program’s history, Coach Lewis has orchestrated 10 or more wins in a season on 10 occasions with a program-best 15 victories in 2008, 2013, and 2017.
With a coaching philosophy based on stout defensive play and a balanced offensive attack, Lewis has built a program that routinely competes for a conference title. In four years in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), Coach Lewis has led the Monks to a pair of conference titles (2016, 2017), a GNAC regular season crown (2014), and a runner-up finish (2015). In 2016, his team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time and posted a thrilling 1-0 victory over Montclair State - ranked 10th nationally at the time - in the first round before falling to Skidmore College in a Sweet 16 contest several days later. The Monks also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and held a 1-0 lead over #19 University of New England late in the second half before allowing two scores in the final 14 minutes.
In six seasons as a member of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), Lewis led his Monks to a pair of regular-season titles with four NAC Championship runner-up efforts. Since 2008, St. Joe's is 61-11 (.847) in conference play - including an incredible 22-2 (.917) mark in GNAC play.
Coach Lewis also propelled the Monks to ECAC Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, the Monks advanced all the way to the ECAC Championship before falling to Bridgewater State University at Mercy Field in the title bout that season.
With Coach Lewis leading the way, Saint Joseph’s has consistently ranked among the national leaders in a variety of defensive statistics, including goals against average and team shutouts.