ECAC Coach of the Year 2003, 2006
During Mary Lewis' 19-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 four Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and the
numerous national scholar-athlete citations earned by Tribe gymnasts under
A two-time ECAC Coach of the Year, Lewis' four conference championships
included three consecutive titles from 2001-03. 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 14 different gymnasts to 21 total NCAA Regional
appearances. Additionally, Lewis' gymnasts have claimed 17 individual ECAC
Under Lewis' guidance, nine gymnasts in the last nine seasons have competed
in NCAA Regionals. Jessica Pritchard and two-time regional participant Kristin
Milardo represented W&M last season, as they placed 10th and 12th,
respectively, in all-around. It marked the second consecutive season in which
multiple Tribe gymnasts qualified for NCAA Regionals as all-arounders, as
Melissa Cream and Teenie Beck added their names to the distinguished group of
accomplished gymnasts in 2011. Milardo (2009, 2012), the 2009 ECAC Rookie of
the Year, Stevie Waldman (2007, 2008) and Tricia Long (2006, 2007), the 2005
ECAC Rookie of the Year, all competed at the event twice, while Suzanne Chaves
and Emma Cross both qualified for the NCAA Regional in 2004.
In addition to the regional appearances by Milardo and Pritchard, W&M
standouts earned a number of other accolades in 2012. Milardo was honored 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. 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 2011 season six more Tribe gymnasts earned NACGC
national scholar-athlete awards, as Karla Bercaw, Melissa Cream, Dina McNaughton,
Jessica Pritchard Taryn Saunders and Jennifer Ware were all honored. During the
last seven seasons, 26 Tribe gymnasts have earned the honor. Additionally,
Waldman was recognized for her excellence in the classroom by being selected as
an ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008.
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 resides in Newport News with her 17-year-old son, Zachary.