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Lexington, Ky. - Luis Reis, one of the winningest coaches in Division III soccer, has been named as the next head coach of the Transylvania women's soccer program, the Transylvania Athletics Department announced on Friday.
Reis arrives to Transylvania after completing a stellar 20-year run at Wheaton College (Mass.), compiling a win percentage of better than 81 percent during his tenure with the Lyons.
"We couldn't be more excited to have Coach Reis join the Transylvania coaching staff as our new Head Women's Soccer Coach," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Mary Struckhoff. Luis's successes in the NCAA Division III environment on the pitch and as a recruiter are extensive and impressive."
"First of all, I want to thank Dr. Holly Sheilley, Mary Struckhoff and Parviz Zartoshty for believing in me and trusting me to lead their women's soccer program into the future," said Reis. "I was impressed with their due diligence with this entire process and their efforts to bring me to Transylvania. I am appreciative of this incredible opportunity to continue to coach at the Division III level, joining the Pioneers community and beginning a new journey."
Having spent the last 20 years of his coaching career lording over the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference with an annually extraordinary Lyons squad, Reis makes the move to the Bluegrass aiming to bring his winning attitude to a Pioneers squad which has had a tradition of success.
From 1997 through this past season, Reis guided his Wheaton squads to 357 wins and 30 draws against just 71 losses. Multiple editions of the Lyons experienced deep runs into the NCAA Postseason as Reis's 2004 squad became his first team to reach the Final Four, capping off a string of three consecutive berths into the national quarterfinal round.
After guiding Wheaton's run to the Final Four, Reis was named the NSCAA New England Region Coach of the Year and the NEWMAC Coach of the Year. While at Wheaton, Reis went on to earn these awards three times each.
Reis's time at Wheaton was synonymous with first place; his teams qualified for 19 straight postseason appearances while ranking in the top-25 nationally for 14 out of the last 16 years. In the 2003 and 2004 seasons, his Lyons squads spent weeks ranked first in the nation. Beginning in the 1999 season, Wheaton finished first in the NEWMAC for 11 straight years.
Reis plans to extend that success from New England by applying it to his new program at Transylvania and imparting his coaching philosophies.
"I love to teach and coach, and take pride in helping to develop our players on the field," said Reis. "Off the field, we place expectations on their roles as students and as people on campus and out in the real world. I expect my players to battle, compete and work diligently for everything because nothing is guaranteed in life. I like to listen, take feedback, delegate responsibilities within the staff and the team, have the players involved and expect them to take ownership of the team."
In addition to his coaching endeavors at Wheaton, Reis has been involved heavily in a variety of coaching posts at multiple levels. A native of Portugal who has lived in the United States for now over 30 years, Reis has served as a scout for the Portuguese women's national team and a Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association state staff instructor.
He also coached the Boston Renegades women's team of the USL's W-League in 2005, a squad that included former NCAA Division I level players and US Women's National Team members. Reis earned his NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma in 1998 and was named a USYSA Region 1 Olympic Development Program staff coach.
Reis also expressed gratitude to his Massachusetts soccer colleagues as he moves south to Lexington. "I also want to thank many of the current players and their parents on my previous fall 2016 team, many of the alumnae and their parents from the last 19 years, my previous assistant coaches, and in particular Lindsey Garvey, college coaches, referees, friends and my former wonderful co-workers and colleagues who made this possible for me," said Reis. "I will be forever grateful for their support."
Reis officially begins his coaching duties at Transylvania in January 2017. "I will use this spring non-traditional season to evaluate our current players and the team and from there we will set short-term goals," continued Reis. "Our goal for this coming fall 2017 season will be to make the Heartland Conference Tournament. I will rely on my past experiences to establish a long-term vision for the program to compete at the highest level possible."
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