LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that Chris Schall has resigned his position of fitness center director and strength and conditioning coach effective July 27.
“I’ve really enjoyed my role at W&L, maintaining the fitness center, which serves as a hub for the entire campus community,” said Schall. “Leaving is so bitter sweet because of all the people that I have had the opportunity to get to know and the people I’ve been able to work alongside for the last 15 years. However, a change was necessary to align with my wife whose career has led her to Winchester, Virginia. I am excited to join her and explore what career possibilities may exist there.”
Schall arrived at W&L in August of 2003 following four years as a physical education teacher, mathematics teacher, and strength and conditioning coach at the Steward School in Richmond.
As director of the fitness center at W&L, Schall developed a number of improvements to the facility, along with providing additional fitness programming. He was able to secure a fiscal budget and an equipment lease which allowed for such updates and better fitness and cardio equipment, increased weight training racks and enhanced items for user experience such as new flat screen televisions and music subscription services.
Schall increased the student work force within the facility and oversaw the addition of an assistant director and fitness/wellness specialist. He spearheaded the University’s efforts to address a set of cleanliness standards within the fitness center facility and devised a system to track facility usage in order to provide the best experience for fitness center users.
As strength and conditioning coach, he also worked to enhance the strength and conditioning programs for the W&L athletics teams, and he has been at the forefront of designing facility updates and improvements which will be implemented once the new Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center opens for the 2020-2021 school year. Additionally, he taught CPR/First Aid classes, served on a number of campus committees, and worked extensively with Matt Simpson ’12, who went on to earn a silver medal in Goalball at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
“It will be very hard and sad to see Chris leave W&L for he has been a stalwart member of the faculty, our department and the University,” said Hathorn. “W&L has one of the finest fitness center facilities in the country due to Chris’s sincere and steadfast commitment to the highest standards of care and safety for all of our users. He has set the bar high for his successor and will be a tough act to follow. I want to thank Chris for the many ways he has given of himself to the Athletics Department, and especially for his unmatched dedication to W&L and his total commitment to the integration of our department into the mission of our University. We will greatly miss him and wish him and his family only the best in their future endeavors.”
Washington and Lee will begin a national search for a new director of the fitness center immediately.