Jan Hathorn begins her 11th year as the Director of Athletics at Washington and Lee University during the 2017-18 school year. She is just the seventh Athletics Director in school history.
Under Hathorn's direction, the Generals have won better than 60 percent of their athletic contests and 73 conference championships. Additionally, W&L has been awarded the Dan Wooldridge Champions Cup as the top overall athletic program in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference following all 10 of her years as athletic director.
The 2016-17 school year was one of the best in the school's history. The Generals posted a 214-104-3 (.671) overall record, won 10 ODAC titles and qualified seven teams for NCAA Championship play. W&L swept the ODAC Overall, Men’s and Women’s Commissioner’s Cups and finished 25th in the Learfield Director’s Cup for Division III. Among the highlights were a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championship by the women's swimming team, the highest finish in program history. The W&L women's lacrosse team also made history by advancing to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in the history of that program. A total of 16 athletes received All-America honors while Washington and Lee students claimed the ODAC Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in nine of the 22 sports in which the conference awards the honors.
The 2016-17 athletics season came on the heels of what had already been one of the greatest in the school's storied history. The 2015-16 season featured W&L claiming a league record 11 ODAC titles and qualifying seven teams for NCAA Championship play. W&L swept the ODAC Overall, Men’s and Women’s Commissioner’s Cups and finished 28th in the Learfield Director’s Cup for Division III. Among the top accomplishments were an undefeated regular season in football, a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships and a pair of individual National Championships in men’s swimming.
During her time as Director of Athletics, Hathorn has also fostered tremendous academic success by student-athletes, as evidenced by a record 304 students earning scholar-athlete status during the 2016-17 school year. A total of 12 students have also been awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship on her watch, while countless others have been named to a variety of Academic All-America teams.
Hathorn plays an active role within the NCAA and served on the NCAA Management Council from 2011-15. During this time, she was a part of the Honors Committee, the Postgraduate Scholarship Committee and the Division III Subcommittee for Legislative Relief. She also served as a panelist for the 2016 NCAA Inclusion Forum in Indianapolis.
Hathorn began her appointment as no stranger to W&L, having served as the women's lacrosse coach for 19 seasons and as the women's soccer coach for 14 seasons. She had also been an assistant athletic director and the University's Director of Physical Education since 2002.
Hathorn arrived at W&L in the fall of 1987 and was charged with beginning the school's women's soccer and lacrosse programs. She guided the soccer team to a 129-88-9 (.591) record from 1987-2000 and was named the ODAC Coach of the Year twice.
In lacrosse, Hathorn turned W&L into one of the nation's elite programs, guiding the Generals to a 222-93 (.705) record from 1989-07. Her teams produced 17 winning seasons, nine ODAC titles and eight NCAA Tournament berths, and she was named the ODAC Coach of the Year nine times, including in each of her final five years. Hathorn's 277 career wins (277-112) rank among the most in the history of collegiate women's lacrosse. In the winter of 2010, she received the Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement, honoring her many years of service to the sport of lacrosse.
Before arriving at W&L, Hathorn spent five years at Denison University, where she coached the lacrosse team to a 55-19 overall record and five conference titles. Her 1985, 1986, and 1987 teams finished eighth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament and she was named the NCAC Coach of the Year in 1987.
Hathorn earned a B.A. in physical education from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1982 and a M.A. in physical education from Ohio State University in 1985. Hathorn makes her home in Lexington, where she is active in the community.