Jan Hathorn was named as Washington and Lee's Director of Athletics in April of 2007 and began her appointment as the seventh director in the University's history in July of 2007.
Under Hathorn's direction, the Generals have won better than 60 percent of their athletic contests and 52 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 eight of her years as athletic director.
During her time, Hathorn has also fostered tremendous academic success by student-athletes as evidenced by 284 students earning scholar-athlete status during the 2014-15 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.
In 2014-15, under Hathorn's leadership, W&L placed five teams into NCAA Division III Tournaments, while 10 individuals were selected to compete for Division III titles as well. A total of 14 athletes received All-America honors while Washington and Lee students claimed the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in six of the 22 sports in which the conference awards the honor.
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.