Luis Reis, one of the winningest active coaches in Division III women's soccer, begins his second year at Transylvania as head coach of the women’s soccer program for the 2018 season.
With Reis’s arrival to Transy came a new momentum for the Transylvania women’s soccer squad. After inheriting a team which won just four games in the season prior, Reis jumpstarted the program back up the HCAC table and boosted the Pioneers to a two-win improvement.
Now, with his first full recruiting class at Transylvania in tow, Reis has his team’s sights set on vaulting back to the top of the HCAC as he plugs in a winning formula that has come to define his teams on an annual basis.
Prior to his two-year tenure at Transy, Reis spent the last 20 years of his coaching career at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, lording over the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference with an annually extraordinary Lyons squad, Reis makes the big move to the Bluegrass aiming to bring his winning attitude to a Pioneers squad which has had a tradition of success.
From 1997 through 2016, 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.
Reis established a standard of excellence during his time in the NEWMAC as the Lyons qualified for the NCAA Tournament every season from 2000 through 2012.
A native of Portugal who has made his home in the United States for now over 30 years, Reis has coupled his collegiate coaching experience with a collection of high-profile coaching endeavors in the New England region at multiple levels.
Reis was awarded the NSCAA New England Coach of the Year award after leading Wheaton to the Final Four in 2004; a year later, he served as the head coach of the Boston Renegades of the USL W-League which included USWMNT capholders Becky Sauerbrunn and Angela Hucles.
In his time at Division III Wheaton, Reis pushed the Lyons to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and seven conference championships.
Other noteworthy numbers as a result of Reis’s handiwork include 19 consecutive postseason tournament appearances, eight seasons of 20 wins or better, and the second-longest conference unbeaten streak in NCAA history, either men’s or women’s. That particular streak spanned nine seasons and 91 matches from 2000 through 2008.
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).
Reis holds a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" Coaching License.
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 Lexington with son Samuel and twins Daniel and Natalie.