Cris Lewis, a former goalkeeper for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns, was named assistant coach in June of 2018.
Lewis, who will mentor the Duck goalkeepers and assist with the defense, has experience coaching at various collegiate, Olympic Development Program and club levels, in addition to her stint with the Thorns.
The former Big Sky Defensive MVP was a four-year starter at Portland State and holds the Vikings’ career records for saves (375), saves per match (5.68) and goalkeeper wins (24). Additionally, Lewis is tied for the career lead in shutouts with 17.
Lewis earned all-Big Sky honors all four seasons of her career, and was named the Big Sky Defensive MVP as a senior in 2009, when she also made the all-Big Sky first team. Additionally, Lewis helped lead the Vikings to the program's first outright Big Sky regular-season title in 2009, when she set a then-PSU single-season record for shutouts with eight.
She graduated from PSU in 2010 and went on to become the goalkeeper coach at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., for the 2011 season, where the team posted a 10-6-4 record. Lewis then moved to Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., to instruct the goalkeepers there from 2012-13. She helped guide the Penguins to a 10-4-2 record in 2013.
Lewis returned to her alma mater to coach the goalkeepers in 2014, first as a volunteer assistant, before being elevated to a full-time assistant for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
She also has coached with the Olympic Development Program. Lewis was the Portland West regional training center goalkeeper coach in 2013-14, and also was the Region IV camp goalkeeper coach in 2016.
Throughout her time at PSU and with the Thorns, Lewis concurrently served as a team coach at Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club from 2009-17, as well as the director of goalkeeping from 2016-17. She was the head coach of the Tualatin Hills squad that won the 2016 U-13 President’s Cup, and an assistant for the team that won the 2014 U-16 Oregon State Cup.
Several of her Tualatin Hills players went on to compete at the collegiate level, including current Duck sophomore Mia Palmer.
Lewis spent the 2017 season as the team and goalkeeper coach for the Atlanta Fire United Soccer Club.
The three-time Big Sky all-academic honoree earned a degree in physical education and exercise from Portland State with a minor in Spanish. She received her United States Soccer Federation National “C” License in May of 2014.
The Burien, Wash., native was a member of Kennedy High School’s 2002 Washington state championship team.