This is Heidi (Hershberger) Lewis’ third season with the Cardinals. Lewis graduated magna cum laude from American University’s honors program with a degree in international studies in 2006. Athletically, she was a four-year starter with the Eagles, earning numerous accolades including: Patriot League nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2006, ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America First Team in 2006, Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2006, and making the NFHCA All-Academic team four times from 2003-06.
Last season, Lewis helped the team advance to the NCAA Elite Eight round and coached senior goalkeeper Meg Comunale, who was named an All-Americana and won the NCAA Statistical Champion award for the lowest goals against average for any goalkeeper in the nation.
In 2012, she was a volunteer coach at American, where she assisted in running practices, game analysis, scouting, and working closely with the team's goalkeeping coach, forwards and midfielders. Prior to that, Lewis served as the head coach of American's club team for five years, taking the program to the National Field Hockey League Championship Tournament in 2009 and 2010.
She has worked as a head and assistant coach with Freedom Hockey Club in Maryland. Lewis is heavily involved with U.S. Field Hockey's Futures Development Program and serves as the site director and coach in USAFH Olympic program. She also directed the Revolution Field Hockey Camp at CUA in 2014. Lewis remains an active member of the DC Dragons club team and has a Level 2 USAFH coaching certificate.
Lewis will work primarily with the team’s goalkeepers but will also assist in all aspects of the program. She and her husband, Bryan, reside in Kensington, Md. She is currently a M.Ed. candidate in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership: Coaching, at the University of Washington.