December 6, 2000

HATHORN TO STEP DOWN AS WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike Walsh has announced that head women's soccer and lacrosse coach Jan Hathorn will step down as the head coach of women's soccer. She will remain as the head coach of women's lacrosse and also serve as the assistant coach for women's soccer.

The move comes as a result of the University's Strategic Initiative which suggests that coaches be a head coach in one sport only.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to have begun the women's soccer program and am proud of what we've accomplished over the years," said Hathorn. "I have wonderful memories about my experiences, especially working with such fine student-athletes and the relationships that I've built with them. I will cherish that most of all. It's been a difficult decision to make, but I believe the timing is right for this move. I look forward to being involved with the program in the future in this new capacity and seeing where the program can go from here."

"For 14 years, Jan has been an outstanding coach and mentor," noted Walsh. "Her teams have achieved a high level of success on the field and Jan has provided outstanding leadership for her two programs. The athletes on her teams are recognized throughout campus for their academic and leadership qualities. She will remain an integral part of our department and university."

Hathorn came to Washington and Lee from Denison University and built both the soccer and lacrosse programs from their inception. In 1987, two years after coeducation at the school, Hathorn fielded her first varsity soccer team and led the Generals to a fourth place finish in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference just a season later. She guided W&L to winning seasons in 10 of her 14 years, posting at least 10 wins in each of the last seven seasons. Her career record stands at 129-88-9 (.591).

For her efforts, Hathorn has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year three times, the last of which was this season after leading the Generals to a 12-6 record and an appearance in the ODAC Championship game.

In lacrosse, Hathorn has been named ODAC Coach of the Year three times as well, winning ODAC titles in 1992, 1993 and 1998. Her 1993 and 1998 teams advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

A search for Hathorn's replacement will begin immediately.

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