The 2019 season is the second for Beth Hewitt at the helm of the Vanderbilt lacrosse program. Hewitt, who has built a reputation for forging success at programs in transitional phases, served as the program’s associate head coach from 2014-17.
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. 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.
The 2017 Commodore defense stood tall after the implementation of the 90-second shot clock. The Dores allowed less than 10 goals five times and were 5-0 in those games. Against Butler, the Commodores allowed only four goals, the fewest since Feb. 7, 2015, against Kennesaw State.
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 NCAA Final Four appearances. She led the Tar Heels in scoring in each of her final two seasons.
After graduating from North Carolina with a degree in communication studies, Hewitt in 2005 helped launch Oregon’s 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. Hewitt also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership during her time in Eugene.
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, she compiled an astonishing record of 71-19 (.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, winning at least 16 games every 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 of two Final Four trips.
Hewitt has 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 and her husband, Erik, have a daughter, Keegan, and a son, Kaden.