Wes grew up in Martinsville, VA and was a four year varsity player, 3 year starter and 2 year Captain. While in Martinsville, Wes played for the PYSL Cougars and Roanoke Star Travel Teams. While attending MHS, Wes received 1st team all district and region honors as a junior. As a senior, Wes was Piedmont District Player of the Year and received 1st team all-district, region and state team honors. Wes finished his senior year top 5 in points in Virginia and was the first player ever voted to represent the Piedmont District in the VHSCA High School All-Star game. Upon graduating,
Wes attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. JMU was ranked number 2 in the nation and without a roster spot, he turned his attention to club soccer. A little misfortune as a freshman, a broken zygomatic arch and appendicitis as a sophomore put a new perspective on soccer, Wes became a 4 year player and 3 year starter, Captain and President for the JMU Mens Club Team. Senior year brought a National Championship and victory in his final game as a JMU Duke. Wes graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, concentration in Sport Management and a minor in Coaching and Business.
After graduation, Wes accepted a front office job with Major League Soccer's D.C. United. Staying close to soccer, he continued to play at a semi-pro level for several teams in Northern Virginia and participated in the U.S. Open Cup early rounds and the coed Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. At DC United, an encounter with US Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver, changed soccer forever. Len suggested the USSF courses and Wes has coached ever since. He started his coaching career with the JV Boys team at Potomac Falls High School in 2002. In 2004, Wes became a trainer for One Touch Soccer Academy in Dulles Virginia, a D.C. United Affiliated Camp.
Wes returned to Martinsville in 2005 and coached with PYSL and was assistant coach of the MHS Boys Varsity team until 2007 when he moved to Greensboro to accept a position with SoccerOP. Wes was a Director of Training for Greensboro SoccerOP and Assistant Director of SoccerOP Camps until 2012. He also coached for Jamestown Middle School and Jamestown Youth Soccer. Wes moved from JYS to Guilford United Futbol Club to coach and became the Director of Virginia Relations for GUFC. Wes started an academy in his hometown of Martinsville, VA in November of 2009. This academy and its growing popularity led to the creation Uppr9t LLC. in 2010. Wes joined Greensboro United Soccer Association when GUFC and GYS merged. With continued demand for training, Wes joined with Captain Elite in 2014, which specializes in website training, special events and research. This has allowed Wes to train players from 12 different states and several USA National team pool members. Wes joined Ferrum College's Women's staff in 2015 which led to a change of location. He coached the u19 and u16 Roanoke Star Elite teams in 2016. He also took over as Coach at Northern Guilford High School in 2014 and has led them to a 67-13-2 record over the past four years with 4 undefeated Conference Championships, 4 top 16 finishes, 2 elite 8 finishes and 6 All State Athlete Awards. Wes has been 2014, 2016, 2017 NC Mid State Coach of the year and 2014 Region 6 Coach of the year.
He has been blessed to work with over 70 athletes with Uppr9t that have continued or will continue their soccer careers at colleges and universities across the US.
Wes received his USSF National "D" license in 2002, his USSF National "C" License in 2010 and his USSF National Youth License in 2013. He currently resides in Martinsville, Va and is a trainer/coach for Piedmont Youth Soccer League, Owner of Uppr9t Soccer LLC, Head Coach for Magna Vista High School and his 8th year as Ferrum College Women's Assistant.
Wes has won National Championships as a player and a coach. He has scouted, trained and recruited athletes from across the US. Wes is known for his technical prowess, tactical knowledge, infectious energy, co stant positivity and his comittment to a value based environment. He has a great understanding of what it takes to get to the next level, whether it is to make your club team, be recruited by colleges or be noticed by National Team coaches, Wes knows and can help you achieve your goals.
Uppr9t Soccer was created in 2010 with the premise of teaching the technical skills that an athlete needs to truly find the next level. Uppr9t continues to study the European and South American styles to bridge the gap between USA and the more talented soccer nations. Technique is the key if it is taught in a positive and value based environment.
US Club Regional Champions
U16 Ladies 2012
U17 Ladies 2014
U17 Boys 2013
U15 Boys 2014
US Club National Champions
U14 Boys 2014
" Wes has coached and trained my daughter for the past few years. Under his guidance, my daughter's technical and tactical skills have improved dramatically. She is far more confident with the ball and effective on the field. Wes has a great way of keeping training focused and intense while keeping it FUN! "
"We took our son to Coach Wes for some winter training and to one of Coach Wes’ camps. We were so pleased with the results of these two activities, we asked him to train with our son. After the first session, Coach Wes was able to pick up on our son’s skills, abilities and potential. He challenged our son and we saw immediate results. Coach Wes instills confidence, knowledge and technical skills to take over a soccer game and make a difference. Our son has had many soccer coaches and trainers, but Coach Wes is at the top. Our son says he is the best!"
"Coaching your own children can be a challenge as the relationship of father / son and coach / player present a unique dynamic. What can be just as or more difficult is letting go, allowing another to fill the role of coach. Perhaps the best thing I can say about Wes Lewis is that I am comfortable letting him be my son’s coach. Preston has grown and improved as a direct result of Wes’s influence. I use the word influence because Wes brings the complete package making him more than just coach. I was hoping for a coach to challenge Preston, taking him beyond the level I had taken him. I have found that person in Wes Lewis."
"Wes has provided our daughter excellent off-season training for several years. When she went through her knee surgery he was fantastic with lifting her motivation and confidence levels. She loves the challenge of his workouts and he caters each workout to the level of the child.We would highly recommend Wes for any soccer player who wishes to improve their game. He has an excellent eye and approach on enhancing the mental, technical and tactical abilities of a player."
"Training with Wes Lewis and Uppr9t Soccer has been an excellent experience. The training sessions are well planned and have heavy focus on individual development, something typically not covered in your normal team practice. I could not be more pleased with the training and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to reach their highest potential. "
"Our experience with Wes and Uppr9t has been positive. He is generally honest with the players and seeks to help them improve and grow. He draws from his own personal experiences as a player and applies these life lessons to his teaching and training where this can be translated to the field of play. He is very good at developing talent and preparing it for the next level. Wes understands that its his job to prepare young men and women, whose performance can be very unpredictable at times, to be consistent players and allow them to move their game to the next level in their soccer playing careers. Skill development, mental toughness and learning to bond as a team"