Prentice Lewis

Prentice  Lewis

Head Coach | 13th Season

Alma Mater:
Long Beach State | 1995


TCU Scores a 3-1 Victory Over UTEP

Natalie Gower and Sutton Sunstrum lead the Horned Frogs to victory in the season finale.


Volleyball Wraps Up Season at UTEP

TCU will end the season with a nonconference match at UTEP.


TCU Hosts No. 3 Texas on Senior Night

Seniors Mattie Burleson and Stephanie Holland will play in their final home match in front of a sold-out crowd.


TCU Heads to K-State for Road Finale

The Horned Frogs will finish off their road conference matches with Kansas State on Saturday.


Volleyball Welcomes Texas Tech

The Horned Frogs and the Red Raiders will battle live on FOX College Sports Central.


TCU vs. Texas 11/26/14

TCU vs. Texas 11/26/14


TCU vs. Texas Tech 11/19/14

TCU vs. Texas Tech 11/19/14


TCU vs. Kansas 11/1/14

TCU vs. Kansas 11/1/14


TCU vs. West Virginia 10/29/14

TCU vs. West Virginia 10/29/14


TCU vs. Zhejiang 10/24/14

TCU vs. Zhejiang 10/24/14

Coach Lewis can be reached via email at p.lewis@tcu.eduor in her office at (817) 257-7360.

Since taking on a struggling program in 2002, Prentice Lewis has taken the TCU volleyball program to new heights in her 12 years as head coach.

2013 was the Horned Frogs's second season competing in the Big 12 Conference and Lewis once again led the team to a winning record (16-15) for the ninth time in her 12 years at the helm.

The nonconference slate saw TCU go 12-3 and face a top 5 ranked opponent, with tournament titles being captured at the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational and the Spartan Spiketacular. After dropping two matches to start the month of September, the Frogs rebounded to go 8-0 to round out tournament play.

Big 12 play saw many firsts for TCU in 2013, with the Frogs picking up a sweep of Baylor and its first win over the Bears in Waco in program history. TCU also shut out Kansas State in dominant fashion on senior night for its first win over the Wildcats in program history.

Lewis' mentoring saw Yvonne Igodan finish out her career by being named to to the All-Big 12 First Team - a first in program history since joining the conference. Igodan also garnered AVCA All-Southwest Region Honorable Mention with Stephanie Holland. The duo became the sixth and seventh players in the history of TCU volleyball to garner AVCA honors and first since 2011.

Lewis guided TCU into a loaded Big 12 in 2012, the third conference the Horned Frogs have been a member of since she has been head coach. As the Frogs entered the league, the Big 12 was coming off a 2011 season that saw it rated as the nation's best conference, according to RPI.

Before entering its brutal conference schedule, TCU posted tournament titles at the TCU Nike Invitational and Arizona Invitational. At the Arizona Invitational, TCU went on the road and knocked off Pac-12 opponent and host Arizona.

After a 11-2 record in the non-conference season, Lewis mentored the Frogs to wins in their first two matches in Big 12 history, including digging out of an 0-2 hole in the conference opener at West Virginia for just the ninth time in her tenure.

Despite going through the usual growing pains that come with a move to a new conference and facing a school-record nine ranked opponents, TCU posted a winning record (15-14) for the eighth time with Lewis as head coach, bolstered by a win over West Virginia in the season finale.

Along the way, Lewis collected her 200th win at TCU in a 3-0 win over SMU on Aug. 31. She long ago became TCU's all-time winningest coach. Lewis oversaw Igodan's continued improvement in 2012 and helped her to two Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors and All-Big 12 honorable mention following the season.

In the three seasons that TCU has been unable to post a winning record under Lewis, two of those years saw the Frogs crippled by injuries, while the other was Lewis' first year at the helm. Her career record now stands at 228-159 (.589).

TCU returned to its winning ways in 2011 as it posted its second-most successful season in school history. The team got off to a school-record 13-0 mark en route to a 25-7 season. It was the sixth 20-win season since Lewis' arrival. Along the way, the Frogs captured four tournament titles and advance to the semifinals of the MW tournament.

At the end of the season, Stephanie Holland became just the second Horned Frog in program history to earn conference Freshman of the Year accolades. Additionally, Kristen Hester, Jordan Raines and Sarah Joeckel earned Mountain West all-conference accolades. It marked the fourth straight season the Horned Frogs had multiple all-conference recipients. Raines and Hester were also tabbed honorable mention AVCA All-West Region.

The 2010 season presented numerous challenges as two of the team's top players suffered season-ending injuries early in the campaign. The team persevered and finished the season with a 15-16 record.

Christy Hudson joined elite company at the end of the season as she became just the second player in school history to earn all-conference accolades for the third straight season. Irene Hester joined Hudson on the all-conference squad, giving the Frogs multiple representatives for a third straight year.

In 2009, Lewis and staff realized a dream when all of the hard work translated into the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. It was a record-breaking year that saw the Frogs set many milestones, both as a team and individually. Lewis guided the Frogs to a school-record 27 victories, besting the old mark of 23 set in 2004. In addition to the win total, TCU was handed just seven defeats - the lowest mark in school history.

Individually, Lewis coached the program's first-ever All-Americans as Kourtney Edwards, Megan Munce and Christy Hudson all earned a honorable mention accolades from the AVCA. Four Frogs were tabbed as all-conference performers. Munce was named the league's Setter of the Year, while Edwards, Hudson and Katelyn Blackwood were all honored for their outstanding campaigns.

TCU finished second in the ultra-competitive Mountain West Conference with a school-record 13-3 mark. The Frogs made history on two occasions as they won for the first time at New Mexico and at BYU. In addition, the Frogs tallied five series sweeps in conference play.

The day of Dec. 3, 2009 will go down in history as the Frogs made their debut in the NCAA Tournament with a dominating 3-0 victory over Rice. Sadly, the season would come to an end as the Frogs faced the second-ranked Texas Longhorns in the second round. Texas went on to play in the National Title game.

2009 represented all the hard work that had gone into the previous seven seasons that began when Lewis was hired in the winter of 2002. She was named head volleyball coach at TCU on Feb. 5, 2002 after serving as an assistant coach at Florida for two seasons.

After a fairly successful first season, which featured a squad that finished 12-18, competed in its first conference tournament since 1998 and posted its first members on an all-Conference USA team (Dominika Szabo) and on a Verizon Academic squad (Stephanie Watson), Lewis' second year was even better.

The 2003 team marked off its goals one by one as it reached for new heights. The group earned the school's best record ever with a 20-16 mark. The squad then forayed into the second round of the C-USA Tournament, a first for any TCU volleyball team, and it had a pair of players earn all-conference honors (Szabo and Anna Vaughn).

The 2003-04 off-season posed a series of personal challenges for Lewis. In early March, Lewis became disoriented while on a recruiting trip and was rushed to the hospital when she returned to Fort Worth. Four days later, she had surgery for what appeared to be a brain tumor. What the doctors found, though, was not a tumor, but an inflamed abscess pressing against her brain.

Never one to be sidelined for long, Lewis was back in the office two weeks after her surgery. Armed with a helmet to protect her head, she was coaching again just a short month after brain surgery. Doctors later implanted a plate to permanently protect her brain. The challenges have only strengthened Lewis' fierce drive to get TCU volleyball to the top of the pack.

The Frogs counted off their 100th program win in 2004 against Southern Miss, and Lewis tallied her 50th win in three seasons on Nov. 3 at Oklahoma.

TCU's record year, saw the Frogs set a school mark with 23 wins and a 10-3 conference record that helped the Frogs to a tie for second place in the league. Four players gained recognition on all-Conference USA teams, including the program's first-ever first-team mention in Szabo. Talaya Whitfield earned a spot on both the second team and all-freshman team, while Vaughn and Erin Ludeke placed on the third team. Vaughn also appeared on the CoSIDA Academic All-Regional VI team.

On Sept. 4, 2005, at the George Mason Tournament in Fairfax, Va., Lewis guided the Frogs to a 3-1 victory over Seton Hall for her 58th career win, which surpassed former head coach Sandy Troudt for the top spot on the TCU career wins list.

Lewis went on to guide TCU to 16 wins and its third-best finish in program history at the time during the 2005 season, its first in the Mountain West Conference. The Frogs and Lewis recorded the school's first MWC win on October 7 with a 3-1 victory over Air Force.

Her 2006 squad stormed out to a then-school-record 10-1 start to open the season and went on to post a 17-15 record. The winning record marked the third winning season in school history, all of which have come under the direction of Coach Lewis.

On top of the 17 victories, the Frogs improved their conference win total to five and picked up their first Mountain West Conference road victory on Oct. 7 at Air Force. TCU finished the season in a three-way tie for sixth place and earned the sixth seed in the post-season tournament.

In addition, the Frogs played the second toughest schedule in school history as they faced five top-20 opponents on the year.

Her 2007 squad showed her determination as they persevered through injuries and a tough schedule to finish with a 22-12 record, narrowly missing postseason play for the first time in school history. The 22 wins were the second-most behind the 2004 squad that won 23.

Continuing a trend that can be seen throughout Lewis' tenure at TCU, the Frogs exceeded expectations as they cruised to a 9-7 record and a tie for fourth place in the Mountain West. Along the way, the Frogs picked up three road victories, including an historic 3-2 come-from-behind win at Utah on October 6.

To close out the regular season, the Frogs picked up one of the biggest wins in school history as they defeated No. 15 Colorado State, 3-2. LeMeita Smith garnered All-MWC honors, the first Frog to do so in the Mountain West.

As each season passes, Lewis finds herself on the cusp of another milestone and 2007 was no different. On Sept. 15, Lewis guided the Frogs to a 3-0 victory over Alcorn State, giving her win No. 100 in her coaching career.

On the heels of a successful 2007 campaign, Lewis guided her 2008 squad to the fourth 20-win season under her guidance. The Frogs finished with a 20-12 mark and a fourth-place finish in the ultra-tough Mountain West Conference with a 9-7 record. The successful campaign saw the team record two victories over nationally-ranked opponents (No. 21 BYU and No. 13 Colorado State).

It was another record-breaking start to the season that set the Frogs on course for its fourth winning season in five years and its third 20-win campaign. TCU opened up with a 15-2 record that included three straight tournament crowns and included victories over UT-Arlington, Texas Tech, New Orleans, New Mexico and North Carolina.

For the first time since joining the MWC, the Frogs had two representatives on the all-conference team in Hudson and Nirelle Hampton.

The winning pedigree was instilled early in Lewis' career as she has accumulated much success as both a player and a coach. She spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons on the Gators' staff, serving as the team offensive coordinator, assisting in all areas of recruiting, serving as the staff liaison to the Office of Student Life and coordinating summer camps. Florida posted a 28-2 record in 2001 while advancing to its 11th consecutive Sweet 16. Florida placed a record five athletes on the all-SEC first team squad and the AVCA All-South Region team.

Lewis, who played under the name Prentice Perkins as a collegian, helped Long Beach State to four Big West Conference Championships. She is perhaps best known for her contribution as one of the nation's marquee defensive players on the 49ers' 1993 National Championship squad. That season she led the Big West Conference in service aces. She went on to become the only defensive specialist selected to the U.S. Junior Olympic Festival that year.

Lewis received her bachelor's degree in arts and history in December of 1995 and received the Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 1994. During her final semester at LBSU, she coached the Newport Harbor High School junior varsity team to the Santa Barbara High School J.V. Championship. She returned to her alma mater and earned her California Teaching Certification in 1996.

Upon graduation, Lewis was an assistant at UC Irvine for three years. She was responsible for recruiting, scouting, travel arrangements, scheduling, summer clinics coordination and fundraising. Additionally, she taught physical education at UC Irvine for three years.

She accepted a position as the defensive coordinator and assistant coach for the Oregon Ducks in 1999 and spent one season in Eugene before being named an assistant coach at Florida in January 2000. In addition to her coaching experiences, Lewis has been an instructor at several volleyball camps and clinics over the years.

Prentice married Jeff Lewis on July 29, 2000. Prentice and Jeff welcomed a daughter, Landry Madison, in February of 2011.

Season Overall Conference League
2013 16-15 4-12 Big 12
2012 15-14 4-12 Big 12
2011 25-7 9-5 MWC
2010 15-16 9-5 MWC
2009 27-7 13-3 MWC
2008 20-12 9-7 MWC
2007 22-12 9-7 MWC
2006 17-15 5-11 MWC
2005 16-18 3-13 MWC
2004 23-9 10-3 C-USA
2003 20-6 5-8 C-USA
2002 12-18 4-9 C-USA
Totals 228-159 80-101

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