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.