StaffCathy Swezey, Head Coach
The 2018 Vanderbilt lacrosse season will mark the 21st season under the direction of head coach Cathy Swezey. Her tenure at the helm of the Commodores has included six NCAA Tournament appearances and a 2004 trip to the NCAA Final Four.
In addition, Swezey led Vanderbilt into the American Lacrosse Conference as one of the charter members in 2001 and the Commodores twice won the league title. In 2015, Swezey again took the program into uncharted territory as they joined the BIG EAST Conference after the ALC dissolved.
Swezey has built Vanderbilt lacrosse into a nationally recognized program, both on the field and off of it. In 2012, graduating senior Ally Carey was named a first team IWLCA All-American for the third consecutive season and retained her spot on the U.S. women’s national senior team. In the classroom, six of Swezey’s student-athletes were named to the 2012 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, while a total of 23 Commodores were so honored by the American Lacrosse Conference.
A native of Moorestown, N.J., and a three-time Division III national champion, Swezey was hired as Vanderbilt lacrosse’s second varsity head coach in 1997. Swezey has played a large part in the growth of lacrosse both at Vanderbilt and throughout Tennessee.
Swezey’s coaching career began at her alma mater, Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). She was a graduate assistant coach for both field hockey and lacrosse from 1994-1996. During that time, the lacrosse team earned two NCAA championship titles, and the field hockey team earned the title in 1995. While coaching, Swezey earned her master’s degree in teaching with a health education specialization.
Beth Hewitt, Associate Head Coach
Beth Hewitt enters her fourth year on the Vanderbilt lacrosse coaching staff as the associate head coach. 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. On Sept. 2, 2015, head coach Cathy Swezey promoted Hewitt to associate head coach after one year as the Commodores’ defensive coordinator.
Hewitt was hired in June 2014 due to her vast experience as a head coach, assistant coach and an All-American midfielder. Hewitt spent the past 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.
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 bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at North Carolina and master’s 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.
Ford Martin, Assistant Coach
Ford Martin enters his second season at Vanderbilt as an assistant coach.In his first season, Martin worked with the Commodore goaltenders and all three earned starts throughout the season. Callahan Kent started 10 games in her final season and made 71 saves. She finished her career fifth all-time in goals against average with 10.87. Freshman Madison Foglio and redshirt-freshman Lily Argyle both picked up their first career wins in 2017. Argyle started and played all 60 minutes in the Dores 14-12 comeback win over Villanova. Foglio started in the Dores 16-8 home win over UConn. Martin, a native of Potomac, Md., played goalie at Georgetown Prep and started 43 consecutive games in net. His team won three IAC championships, finished No. 1 in the state of Maryland his sophomore and senior seasons and was ranked in the top 15 nationally all three years.
Georgetown Prep started the “Ford Martin Award for Courage and Perseverance in the Face of Adversity,” which he goes back every year and awards to a senior lacrosse player. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications of Science & Technology.
Lisa Gracey, Director of Operations
Head coach Cathy Swezey is pleased to announce Lisa Gracey as the new Director of Operations for the Vanderbilt lacrosse program. 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.