Beth Hewitt – Head Coach
Beth Hewitt enters her first season at the helm as the Vanderbilt Commodores head lacrosse coach. She previously spent the last four seasons as the the Commodores associate head coach, specializing in defense.
In 2018, the experienced Commodore backline finished fifth in Division I with 23.59 ground balls per game and 12th nationally with 11.0 caused turnovers per game. Senior defender Margaret Fee was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team as a leader of the defensive unit that featured three seniors in Fee, Frankie Angeleri and Mary Claire Dachille.
In 2017, the Commodore defense stood tall after the implementation of the 90-second shot clock. The Dores allowed less than 10 goals five times last season and were 5-0 in those games. Against Butler, the Commodores allowed only four goals, the fewest since Feb. 7, 2015 against Kennesaw State.
Hewitt was hired in June 2014 due to her vast experience as a head coach, assistant coach and an All-American midfielder.
Hewitt spent five years as a head coach at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., where she built the Dolphins into a Division II national power. In her five years at the helm, Le Moyne compiled an astonishing record of 71-19 (.789) with a 43-5 (.896) mark in the Northeast-10 Conference.
She guided the Dolphins to two Final Fours, three NCAA Tournaments, two NE-10 regular season championships and conference tournament titles. During a three-year stretch, from 2011-13, the Dolphins were 50-8, winning at least 16 games every year and not losing more than three games in a season. In 2011, the New York native, led Le Moyne to a school-record 18 wins and their first of two Final Four trips.
A college coach for less than a decade, Hewitt has built a reputation for forging success at programs in transitional phases.
In 2005, a year after she ended her heralded playing career at North Carolina, she ventured out to the University of Oregon. In Eugene, she helped the Ducks launch their lacrosse program. She spent three years at Oregon, holding the title of defensive coordinator in addition to helping recruit the program’s first recruiting classes.
In 2009, she received her first head coaching job before she turned 30. She was handed the reins of the Le Moyne program amidst a reclassification process. During her first season, in 2010, the Dolphins were an independent in Division I, going 9-6. The next year, Le Moyne shifted to Division II and Hewitt quickly made the Dolphins a national power. In 2011, Le Moyne made its first of three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reached the Division II Final Four and set a school record with 18 wins.
In 2012, the Dolphins again reached the Final Four. They also captured their first of two straight Northeast-10 Conference regular season championships with a perfect 12-0 record in league play. The dominance continued in 2013 with another perfect run through league play for their second conference title. The Dolphins then won their first conference tournament crown to punch their ticket for their sixth NCAA Tournament in school history.
At North Carolina, she was an All-American, All-ACC selection and a four-year letter winner and midfielder. She led the Tar Heels in scoring her last two seasons. During her career, UNC claimed an ACC title and reached the NCAA Final Four.
In addition to receiving her bachelors degree in Communication Studies at North Carolina and masters degree from Oregon in Educational Leadership, Hewitt has worked extensively with Ameriprise Financial as a recruiter, Harrow Sports Inc. in the field of consulting and Brine in the area of marketing and sales. Beth and her husband, Erik, have a daughter, Keegan, and a son, Kaden.
Robert Bray – Assistant Coach
Rob Bray-Syracuse, NY/West Genesee HS 1986/Potsdam College 1991- Rob lands on West End with 27 years of lacrosse coaching experience, 13 years as associate head/assistant coach at the University of Oregon, 4 years as head coach of women’s lacrosse and field hockey at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Most recently serving as the director of player development in the Willamette Valley for Lacrosse Northwest, Oregon’s WDNT head coach, and Churchill High School in Eugene, OR.
Jill Doherty – Assistant Coach
Jill Doherty is a Reading, Ma native and began her time at Vanderbilt in 2013 as a member of a top 10 recruiting class. She majored in Human and Organizational Development.
She graduated in 2017 as a four-year starter and senior captain for the Commodores. She ended her career at Vanderbilt as 2nd All-time in Assists, 3rd All-Time in Draw Controls, 7th All-Time in Points, and with the 2nd most draw controls in a single season. Jill was a volunteer assistant throughout the 2017-18 season and brought her unique perspective to shooters and the draw. Jill loves living in Nashville, and is excited to be back with the black and gold!
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.