Callie Lekas became just the fourth coach in the 39-year history of the program and first in 32 seasons when she took over the Clark University field hockey program in 2016.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Lekas will oversee the University's extremely popular intramurals program.
Lekas spent five seasons as an assistant with Wellelsey, including the last four seasons as the top assistant with the Blue, helping guide them to three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Along the way Wellesley has also had tremendous success in the NEWMAC, having gone 29-3 against league foes, including a 22-game regular season conference winning streak that spanned part of four seasons.
Wellesley also won a pair of NEWMAC Championships (2013, 2014) and set a program record for wins in a single season (19) in 2014 with Lekas on the sidelines.
In addition to her four-year stretch with Wellesley, Lekas spent one year as an assistant at Amherst College in 2011 helping lead the Lord Jeffs to a 15-4 mark and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
Lekas was a standout student-athlete with the Blue, earning First-Team All-NEWMAC honors on three occasions (2007, 2008, 2009) as well as First-Team All-Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (2007, 2008, 2009).
During her four years, she helped lead Wellesley to 53 wins, a trip to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and two other berths in the NEWMAC Championship game (2007, 2008).
Lekas appeared in all 78 games of her career, finishing with 57 goals and 22 assists, good for 136 career points. One of her signature moments came in the 2007 NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals when she scored the game-winning goal in overtime, lifting the Blue to a 1-0 win over Wheaton and into the league title game.
Along with her coaching and playing exploits, Lekas brings with her extensive athletics administration experience, having served as a physical education teacher at Wellesley and as the recreation coordinator and as a member of the college’s Student-Athlete Leadership Academy. She has also volunteered at the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2012 at the University of Rhode Island and spent time as a community relations intern with the Baltimore Orioles.
A 2010 graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in psychology, Lekas earned her master’s degree in sports management from the Issenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.