At start of the 2017 season, Hank Lewis joined as full-time assistant coach for Falcon men’s soccer from in-state neighbor, Colorado School of Mines.
Lewis has coached player-of-the-year, all-conference, all-region, and all-America honorees in five different conferences, across all three NCAA divisions.
Though Lewis has coached players in every position as an assistant and interim head coach, he has had continued success in working with goalkeepers. With the exception of the 2015 season, every major-minutes collegiate goalkeeper Lewis has worked with has held top-25 national performance rankings, often in multiple categories, for the better part of at least one season in their collegiate careers. Among those are multiple conference-goalkeeper-of-the-year, and all-conference goalkeepers in each NCAA division, all-region goalkeepers in each NCAA division, All-America goalkeepers, and national-goalkeeper-of-the week (D1).
Lewis has coached at Mines (D2), Colgate (D1), Missouri S&T (D2), and Stevens Institute of Technology (D3). He has also coached as a volunteer assistant at Washington College, and Gallaudet, the premier university for the deaf. He has contributed to conference-winning, conference tournament-winning, and region-winning coaching staffs at Stevens (2010) and Mines 2014, 2015), and Air Force (2017); and post season play at Colgate (2006), Stevens (2010), and Mines (2014, 2015, 2016), and Air Force (2017).
Though born and raised in the US, he spent three years on the technical staff of the Bahamas men’s national team, coaching in Olympic and World Cup qualifiers. He also coached league and cup-winning teams, developed record-setting players in the Bahamas Football Association, as well as record-setting goalkeepers for the Bahamas National Men’s and Women’s Teams.
Lewis has coached youth teams to three state championships, in two different sports (lacrosse and soccer), in two different states, and coached soccer tournament champions and finalists on all but two of the u13, u16, u18, and u19 teams he has coached.
He holds a NSCAA National Diploma (Distinguished Pass) and a B coaching license from the Bahamas Football Association (par with the English FA Level Two).
He also is an experienced trainer for Positive Coaching Alliance, which reaches millions of children each year to develop and defend a positive experience in club and scholastic sports.
An award-winning writer of essays, plays, nonfiction and two critically-acclaimed books of short stories, Lewis spent more than fifteen years as a full-time university professor before going into full-time collegiate coaching. Raised by two parents committed to social justice and community development, Lewis has served on advisory boards and panels for a range of state and national non-profit organizations focused on issues from equal rights to arts and education. A fourth generation Coloradan, he currently resides in Golden.