Head Coach Curtis Lewis

Creativity, passion, vigor. These are words that continue to characterize Coach Curtis Lewis, who is entering his ninth season as head coach of The Master's University women's soccer team.

The visionary young coach has made quick work of turning the Lady Mustang program into something special. He is constantly finding ways to improve and expand the program with vibrant, unique, and effective means that have caught the attention of his players, new recruits, opponents, and his coaching peers. He inspires those around him to see the game of soccer as a tool to be used for the Master. The results, from an athletic standpoint, speak for themselves.

In 2008, Lewis' second team went 5-5 (13-9-1 overall) in a very tough Golden State Athletic Conference. Three of his players earned all-conference honors and Lewis himself was recognized as the GSAC Coach of the Year after taking a program that was once an afterthought and making it a legitimate contender in, arguably, the most talented conference in the NAIA.

A year later, the Mustangs continued to flourish under Lewis' leadership. Improving to 15-5-2, the team captured the National Christian College Athletic Association national championship and Lewis was recognized as the association's Coach of the Year.

In 2010, the Mustangs won a program-best 17 matches (17-3-2), finished second in the GSAC, advanced to the NAIA National Championship Round for the first time in program history, and qualified for the NCCAA National Tournament for the third year in a row.  A year later, the Mustangs started quickly, faded toward the end of the regular season (11-10-1), and still won an opening-round match in the NCCAA Tournament before falling in the second round.

They rebounded nicely in 2012, finishing fourth in the GSAC and posting double-digit victories (12-6-2) for the fifth year in a row before losing in the second round of the conference tournament.  A year later, the Mustangs won at least 15 games (15-6) for the third time in Lewis' tenure and advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.

In 2014, the Mustangs went 13-6-1, won an Opening Round game, and earned a berth in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history.  

Although the Mustangs won just eight matches (8-9-2) in 2015, one of those victories was career No. 100 for Lewis, who is the winningest coach in program annals at 106-66-13.

The results off the field cannot be boiled down to statistics, but are certainly farther reaching and worth more to Lewis than titles and honors ever will be.

Lewis is the kind of coach players love to play for. He's personable, yet competitive and demanding. He's a coach that takes good players and makes them great, molds young people into leaders, and directs people to excellence in every area of their lives as an act of worship. His own life has been a testimony of what he preaches to his players daily.

A 2002 graduate (Biblical Studies) of The Master's University, Lewis was a four-year starter at center midfield for Coach Jim Rickard from 1998-2001, captaining the Mustangs to their fourth NCCAA national title in his senior campaign. He earned All-GSAC honors in 2001 and was named to the NCCAA All-American squad.

For the past thirteen years he has worked with the youth at Faith Community Church in Palmdale where he met his wife, Deann (Matteson). They were married in June of 2004 and have lived in Lancaster since her graduation from TMU a year later.

Lewis' upward move to college coaching came after spending four years with the Santa Clarita United Extreme girls' team, leading the club squad to several tournament championships, including a first-place finish in the U-18 (Under 18 years old) Gold League in 2008.

Lewis has always had a passion for the game and a desire to serve the Lord on and off the field. He continues to instill that same enthusiasm in women's soccer at The Master's University.