Kim Lewnes joined the Johns Hopkins coaching staff in 2012 as the first full time assistant coach in program history under head coach Bobby Van Allen. She was an All-American and record-holder as a middle distance runner at Cornell University.
Concentrating on coaching the middle and long distance runners, Lewnes helped lead the women's cross country team to their first NCAA Championship in 2012 as the Blue Jays won by a 63-point margin with three All-Americans (Oneda, Clarke, Monagle). The men's team finished in 20th at the NCAAs, it was a best ever finish (at the time) at the championship. On the track, the women and men middle and long distance runners thrived as six athletes (Johnson DMR, McDonald DMR, Monagle Mile/DMR/1500/800, Oneda 5k, Shelton DMR/800, Swenson Jav) achieved All-America honors in her first season.
The following year, the women's cross country team repeated as NCAA Champions with three All-Americans (Oneda, Monagle, Loeb), while the men's team won their first ever Centennial Conference and NCAA Regional titles before placing a program-best 11th at the 2013 NCAA Championship. On the track, both men’s and women’s programs won 2014 Centennial Conference Indoor and Outdoor titles. At the 2014 NCAA Championships the team brought home three indoor (Carey 800, Johnson DMR, McDonald DMR, T. Meehan DMR, Shelton 800/DMR) and four outdoor (Bartnett PV, Carey 800, McDonald 400H, Shelton 800) All-America honors.
In 2014, the women’s cross country team won their third NCAA Championship with four women earning All-America status (S. Meehan, Murphy, T. Meehan, Loeb), while the men maintained in the top 30. In 2015 both teams brought home Centennial Conference Indoor and Outdoor titles. The teams placed in the top 25 indoors with five earning All-America honors (Bartnett PV, Carey 800, Gottlieb 5k, Loeb 3k/5k, Meehan 3k/5k) and outdoors with three earning All-America status (Bartnett PV, Loeb 5k/10k, Gottlieb 10k) at the NCAA Championships.
The women's cross country team made the podium for the fourth year in a row at the 2015 NCAA Championship with three earning All-America status (S. Meehan, Murphy, Smith, T. Meehan). In 2016, both teams brought home Centennial Conference Indoor and Outdoor titles. The teams placed in the top 25 indoors with five earning All-America honors (Smith DMR, McDonald DMR, Cheu DMR, Meehan DMR, Bartnett PV, Conley Hep, Su Pent) and outdoors with three earning All-America status (Bartnett PV/Dec, Su Hep) at the NCAA Championships.
Lewnes guided the women's cross country team to its fourth National Championship in five years in 2016. Three women earned All-America status in the team victory (Meehan, Koerner, LaSpada). The men's cross country team also had a historic season, winning the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship and placing eighth at the NCAA Championship, the program's best finish.
Before joining JHU, Lewnes spent the 2011 season as a volunteer coach at Cornell, where the women's track & field team won the Heptagonal Conference Championship outdoors and placed second indoors.
Prior to coaching at Cornell, Lewnes was the track & field team captain and earned numerous accolades for the Big Red in middle distance events. An ECAC champion in the distance medley relay, she was the Cornell school record holder in the 1000 and finished third all-time in school history in the 800 with a time of 2:05.37. Additionally, Lewnes earned All-America honors with a ninth-place finish at the 2010 Outdoor NCAA Division I Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
A 2011 graduate of Cornell, Lewnes earned a degree in Communication with a minor in Applied Economics and Management from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Lewnes is currently enrolled in Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education while she pursues a Master of Science in Counseling. Kim lives in Annapolis with her husband Mack Lewnes, who was an All-American wrestler for Cornell.