Chris Lewis enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Rollins men's lacrosse team and will be responsible for coordinating the Tars' defensive efforts. He was hired by head coach RJ Rossi in the summer of 2011.
A 1988 graduate of SUNY Oswego, Lewis brings more than a decade of coaching experience in both football and lacrosse to the Rollins sideline. Lewis will also help extensively with the recruiting, scouting, and game planning activities. He immediately hit the recruiting trail spending time coaching and evaluating athletes in Maryland, New York, and New England prior to arriving in Winter Park at the start of the fall semester.
Prior to his work with the Tars, Coach Lewis was named the head assistant coach for the Northeast Ten Conference-powerhouse Merrimack College Warriors before the start of the 2008 season. He was assigned to work on the defensive side of the ball and quickly brought the unit to rank as one of the top defensive and man-down squads in Division II. That same year, the Warriors were the top team in Division II in man-down defense, with a kill rate of 89 percent. Additionally, the unit rose in the national rank for scoring defense from 10th to seventh, cutting 1.6 goals per game off their previous mark.
In 2009, Merrimack's defense rose to fourth in the country as the team rode a strong overall team game into the Division II Final four, the first time the Warriors had competed in post season play.
During the 2009 and 2010 campaigns, Merrimack ranked in the top-5 in scoring defense, while in 2011, the Warriors defense held opponents to 7.6 goals per game. In his four seasons at Merrimack, the Warriors finished in the national top-10 in scoring defense.
During Lewis' tenure at Merrimack College, the defensive players collected numerous postseason awards. Over a four-year span, there were a total of 10 All-Northeast Ten Conference awards. Goaltender Cory Spinale was a two-time All-American, winning the Division II Goalie of the Year award at the conclusion of the 2010 season. Additionally, the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) honored multiple Merrimack defenders as All-New England selections. The newly-named Rollins assistant coach was also named the head coach for the victorious East team in the 2010 NEILA All-Star game.