Beth Hewitt – Head Coach
Beth Hewitt is in her third season at the helm of the Vanderbilt lacrosse program in 2020-21. Hewitt, who has built a reputation for forging success at programs in transitional phases, served as the program’s associate head coach from 2014-18.
In a shortened 2020 season, Vanderbilt boasted its first win over a top 10 opponent in six years, and in her first season at the helm, Hewitt helped guide the Commodores to a 10-6 record in 2019—the program’s first winning season in nine years. In addition, Vanderbilt tied a school record with seven all-conference selections.
Hewitt received her first head coaching job in 2009 before turning 30 as she was handed the reins of a Le Moyne program amidst a reclassification process. During her first season in 2010, the Dolphins were an independent in Division I and finished 9-6. The next season, Le Moyne shifted to Division II and Hewitt quickly made the Dolphins a national power.
During her five seasons at Le Moyne, Hewitt compiled an impressive record of 71-20 (.789) with a 43-5 (.896) mark in Northeast-10 Conference action. Hewitt guided the Dolphins to two Final Fours, three NCAA Tournaments, two Northeast-10 regular season championships and conference tournament titles. During a three-year stretch from 2011-13, the Dolphins were 50-8 with at least 16 wins each year and did not lose more than three games in a season. In 2011, the New York native led Le Moyne to a school-record 18 wins and its first trip to the Final Four.
After graduating from North Carolina with a degree in communication studies, Hewitt helped launch Oregon’s lacrosse program in 2005. She spent three years at Oregon, holding the title of defensive coordinator in addition to helping recruit the program’s first recruiting classes. Hewitt also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership during her time in Eugene.
An All-American and All-ACC selection during her college career as a midfielder at North Carolina, Hewitt led the Tar Heels to a conference title and an NCAA Final Four appearance. She led the Tar Heels in scoring in each of her final two seasons.
Hewitt has also worked extensively with Ameriprise Financial as a recruiter, Harrow Sports Inc. in the field of consulting, and with Brine in the area of marketing and sales.
Beth has two children, her daughter, Keegan, and son, Kaden.
Rob Bray – Assistant Coach
Rob Bray is in his third season as an assistant coach for Vanderbilt lacrosse in 2021.
Bray leads the Vanderbilt offense, and in his first season, he helped guide the Commodores to a 10-6 record in 2019—the program’s first winning season in nine years. Vanderbilt ranked No. 7 in the nation in assists, No. 12 in points per game and atop the conference in shots per game.
In a shortened 2020 season, Bray’s offense averaged 13.22 goals per game and ranked second in the conference in points and assists per game.
Bray brought nearly three decades of coaching experience to West End, including 13 seasons as an associate head coach and assistant coach at Oregon.
For four seasons, Bray served as head coach for the lacrosse and field hockey programs at St. Mary’s College (Md.).
Bray was also the director of player development in the Willamette Valley for Lacrosse Northwest, and head coach of Churchill High School girls lacrosse in 2017 and 2018, leading them to back-to-back league titles and state playoff berths.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Bray graduate from Potsdam in 1991, and has two daughters.
Jill Doherty – Assistant Coach
Jill Doherty returns to her alma mater as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the third straight season in 2021.
Doherty works closely with the midfielders and coordinates Vanderbilt’s strong defensive front. In her only full season on the sidelines, the Commodores finished No. 4 in the nation in caused turnovers and No. 6 in the NCAA in ground balls in 2019.
One of Vanderbilt’s most decorated athletes, Doherty played in the black and gold from 2014-17 and finished her career ranked among Vanderbilt’s all-time best in the school record books: second in assists (84), seventh in points (175) and third in draw controls (163).
Doherty began her time at Vanderbilt in 2013 as a member of a top-10 recruiting class. The Reading, Massachusetts, native majored in human and organizational development and graduated in 2017 as a four-year starter and senior captain for the Commodores.
Josh Willhite - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Josh Willhite, MS, CSCS: Born in Berlin and raised primarily in Baltimore and Australia, Josh found “home” in TN where he received a B.A. in psychology at Union University in Jackson. After spending 7 years in the Marine Corps infantry, he pursued his lifelong passion for fitness, receiving both a coveted certification as a strength & conditioning specialist as well as a master’s degree in exercise and nutrition science from Lipscomb University in Nashville. While at Lipscomb, Josh accumulated over 600 internship hours at Ensworth High School and Vanderbilt University, where he worked alongside two of the best strength coaches in the industry. Although Josh is starting his 3rd year as a Vanderbilt Strength & Conditioning Coach, he previously worked as a personal trainer and sports performance coach for 6 years in nearby Hendersonville, where he lives with his beautiful wife, Kerra, and their three wonderful boys, Alton, Decker, and Locklen.
Lisa Gracey - Director of Operations
Lisa Gracey comes to West End after working with a local marketing firm where she worked with clients like Red Bull, TEDx Nashville, Nashville Fashion Week, and the Nashville Scene.
"Lisa is going to bring a whole different outlook to our team," said Swezey. "To land somebody like her in a position where we are hoping to continue to market our program, get better outreach to our alumni and create a great atmosphere for our athletes is important and she is going to be phenomenal with all of it."
"I am thrilled to be working for such a prestigious university and am eager to be a part of an amazing crew of student athletes and coaches," said Gracey. "Sports marketing has always been my passion so this position is really living the dream for me."
Prior to that, Gracey worked with Red Bull North America as the Field Marketing Manager covering TN, AL, MS, and AR. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. She lives in Nashville with her husband Hugh Gracey III and their two kids, Morgan and Duke.