The face of men’s soccer is changing at Corban University.
Corban alumnus and former Major League Soccer player Aaron Lewis, ’98, replaced 3-season head coach Paul Meehan who accepted an assistant coaching position with Gonzaga University.
Lewis was inducted as part of the first-ever Warrior Hall of Fame Class in 2010. He helped lead Western Baptist to four straight Cascade Collegiate Conference titles, and was named CCC Player of the Year in both 1996 and 1998. He also earned three All-CCC 1st Team honors (1995, 1996, & 1998), while helping lead the Warriors to the 1996 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) national championship.
He was the first player in NAIA history to be drafted into Major League Soccer when the Dallas Burn (FC Dallas) selected him with the 35th overall selection in the 1999 MLS College Super Draft. After his time in Dallas, Lewis played professional indoor soccer for the Portland Pythons of the World Indoor Soccer League.
He has worked for the Portland Timbers since the organization made the move to Major League Soccer prior to the 2011 season. His primary focus is managing the Timbers U-23s program. Lewis helped it become one of the most elite PDL programs in the country. Seven players from the U-23s program entered Major League Soccer camps during this past off-season including current Timbers Steven Evans and Dylan Tucker-Gagnes.
Prior to coaching at Corban, Lewis was the head boys coach at Portland Christian High School where he led the Royals to an OSAA state title in 2008. Lewis was named Oregon Athletic Coaches Association (OACA) Coach of the Year in 2008 and Columbia River League Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2009. During his time at PCHS, Lewis guided the team to three straight Columbia River League championships, which included 30 straight matches without a loss.
Lewis is also well connected in the Club soccer scene, and currently coaches for the Eastside Timbers.
“I could not be more thrilled about coming back to the place that helped shape me and my career,” Lewis said. “Coach Meehan has done a tremendous job over the past three years establishing a productive team culture, while lifting the program to where it is today. We have a roster of players that I believe strongly in, and I am looking forward to working with them as soon as possible.”
Meehan joined Corban in 2010 and coached the Warriors for three seasons, while directing the team to the Cascade Collegiate Conference Final in 2011 and earning Co-Coach of the Year Honors.
“There's a touch of sadness in saying 'good-bye' to Paul. He's such a high-caliber coach who's done a tremendous job turning around our program,” said Tim Seiber, Interim Director of Athletics. “But to have talent and Christian character like Aaron ready and able to step into this leadership role — we couldn't be more grateful.”
Lewis currently resides in Boring with his wife, Anna, and six children (Emilie, Eli, Grace, Anderson, Austin & Joy).