CHICAGO – University of Chicago Head Men's Soccer Coach Mike Babst announced on Thursday that Spencer Lewis has been added to the staff as a full-time assistant men's soccer coach.
"We are very fortunate to add a coach like Spencer, who has spent the past five years recruiting and coaching at a program that has gone toe-to-toe with the best in college soccer," Babst said. "He pushes himself and his players to compete at the highest standard, and he does so while prioritizing their personal development. He is an incredible fit for our culture, and he will be a tremendous leader and resource for our student-athletes."
Lewis arrives at UChicago after spending the previous five seasons at his alma mater – the University of South Carolina. He served as the lead assistant coach for the NCAA Division I program, which accumulated 44 wins in his time with the team. The Gamecocks reached the second round of the NCAA postseason in each of the last two seasons for the first time since 1997-98. South Carolina wound up ranked in the top 30 in the 2015 and 2016 year-end national rankings.
Prior to his tenure at South Carolina, Lewis was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II school Newberry College from 2010-12. He also coached South Carolina United FC (U11-U12 Boys) and was part of the South Carolina Olympic Development Program coaching staff (2011-12).
As a collegiate soccer player, Lewis was a three-year starter at central midfielder for South Carolina. His team won Conference USA and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2005. He went on to play in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League in the summers of 2008 and 2010.
Lewis graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in finance and marketing.
"I would first like to thank Coach Mark Berson for the opportunities he gave me as both a player and coach at the University of South Carolina," Lewis said. "My experiences have prepared me for this next phase of my life and career. It is a big honor for me to join Mike Babst at one of the elite institutions in the country. With our shared vision, values, ambitions, and focus on the personal development of every player, I am looking forward to being a part of and enhancing what is already one of the best experiences in the country for student-athletes. I am excited to already have met with the players and hear their passion and ambition for what they want to accomplish, and it will be my job to hold them accountable to the sacrifices and commitment it takes to bring a National Championship to the University of Chicago."