Head coach Luis Reis begins his 18th season with the Wheaton women's soccer program in 2014, and he currently owns one of the best winning percentages among active NCAA Division III coaches in the country at .826 (320-57-26). Inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008, Reis was honored as one of eight members of the 31st class.
Under Reis, the Lyons have qualified for 17 straight postseason appearances, including the program's first NCAA Tournament Final Four in 2004. Wheaton also posted NCAA Tournament national quarterfinal finishes in 2002 and 2003 and 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament bids from 2000-12. The Lyons have finished the season ranked in the top-25 nationally in 14 out of the last 15 years and were twice ranked first (Oct. 19, 2004; Nov. 10, 2003) by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Wheaton has won at least 20 games in eight of the last 15 seasons and reached the 16-win plateau 15 years in a row. From 1999-2009, the Lyons finished the regular season in first place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – a span of 11 years – and have captured the tournament crown in seven of the past 13 seasons. They have reached the NEWMAC Tournament semifinal round 16 years in a row.
Wheaton owns the second-longest conference unbeaten streak in NCAA history (all divisions and genders), having reeled off 91 matches over eight years (October 17, 2000 - October 11, 2008) without a defeat. In 1997, the Lyons won the NEW 8 Tournament championship before the name change to the NEWMAC. Reis also helped Wheaton capture three straight regional championships from 2002-04 and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament title in 1999.
Following his team's success in 2004, Reis was named NSCAA New England Coach of the Year and NEWMAC Coach of the Year. Reis has been named coach of the year by the NSCAA and the NEWMAC on three occasions each, and he has also garnered New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Coach of the Year accolades four times. Through fundraising efforts, Reis and the Lyons traveled to Portugal in 2008 and Barcelona in 2011.
A scout for the Portuguese women's national team and a former Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) state staff instructor, Reis was the head coach in 2005 of the Boston Renegades Women's Team in the USL W-League. The team featured NCAA Division 1 level players, US National Team members (including current USWNT player Becky Sauerbrunn and former USWNT player Angela Hucles) and top international talent. He also coached the 1996 F.C. Greater Boston Bolts U20 women's soccer club to the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) national finals and the 2000 Spirit of Massachusetts U15 girls' team to a State Cup title.
In 1998, Reis earned his NSCAA Premier Diploma and was named a USYSA Region 1 Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff coach. That same year, he started a summer day camp for boys and girls, Soccer's Future Academy, which is in its 17th year and attracts between 300-500 kids annually. Reis also earned a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "A" Coaching License in 1997 and an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in 1996. Reis was the head coach of the Massachusetts U17 Girls' Olympic Development Team in 1998 and 1999.
Reis earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from California State University at East Bay, formerly known as California State University at Hayward, in 1991. In his junior season, he helped lead the 1989 team to the NCAA Division II Tournament Final Four. Reis was captain of the 1990 team. In 1995, he went on to play one season of professional soccer with the Boston Storm of the United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL).
Before Cal. State Univ. East Bay (formerly Hayward), Reis played at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Mass. During his freshman year, Massasoit Community College advanced to the NJCAA Final Four under head coach and mentor Nick Palantzas. After missing his sophomore year due to eye surgery for a detached retina and earning his associates degree in business administration, Reis transferred to Cal. State Univ. East Bay where his team advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four under head coach and mentor Colin Lindores.
Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal, Reis attended Taunton High School, where he held the all-time goal scoring record (42 goals in three varsity seasons) for 11 years. Reis and his wife, Paula, reside in Franklin with son Samuel and twins Daniel and Natalie.
|1997||13-5-2||4-2-1||ECAC Tournament, NEW 8 Champions|
|2000||20-3-0||8-1-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2001||20-1-0||9-0-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2002||22-2-0||9-0-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2003||23-2-0||9-0-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2004||23-1-2||8-0-1||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2006||21-2-1||9-0-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2007||22-1-1||9-0-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
Simon Shipley begins his fourth season as goalkeeper coach at Wheaton in 2014.
Shipley is currently the head goalkeeper coach for the Nova Soccer Club and also the U14 Nova S.C. Girls Head Coach. He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National ‘C’ Coaching License and also owns a National Goalkeeper Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
A native of England who came to the United States in 1985, Shipley holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering. He resides in Norfolk.