September 4, 2008

W&L Announces Coaching Hires

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the hiring of Elliott Datlow, Kate Nickols, Mike Robertson, Jamie Snyder-Fair and Brandon Uhl as assistant coaches within the athletic department.

Datlow will serve as assistant women's tennis coach, Nickols will have responsibilities with the women's soccer team, Robertson will assist the men's tennis team, Snyder-Fair will assist the men's basketball team and Uhl will serve as assistant track & field coach.

Datlow comes to W&L after serving as the head tennis professional at the Bullis Tennis Center in Potomac, Md., since 2004. In this role, he was responsible for setting up lesson plans, supervising fitness workouts and coaching top-caliber players at USTA National Tournaments. Datlow has also served as an ATP Tour Coach since 1994, traveling to various professional tournaments. Datlow earned a bachelor of arts degree in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and received a master of science degree in kinesiology from UK in 2007. As an undergraduate, Datlow was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats' men's tennis team, helping them to the "Elite Eight" of the 2002 NCAA Division I Championship event. He served as team captain in 2003 and received the Freshman of the Year Award.

Nickols is a 2005 graduate of DePauw University, where she earned a bachelor of arts in studio art and was a four-year letterwinner for the women's soccer team. Nickols was twice named the team's most valuable offensive player at DePauw and she earned First Team All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Third Team All-Great Lakes Region honors as a senior. Nickols comes to W&L after spending the last year as a recruiting coach with the National Collegiate Scouting Association in Chicago, Ill. In this position, she was responsible for matching qualified student-athletes with college coaches from around the country. Nickols also worked at Eastman Radio and at the Indianapolis Museam of Art following her collegiate career.

Robertson is a 2008 graduate of Piedmont College, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Broad Field Social Science and was a four-year letterwinner for the men's tennis team. A four-time All-Great South Athletic Conference honoree, Robertson was named Team MVP in 2006 and GSAC Player of the Year in 2007. After exhausting his collegiate eligibility, Robertson served as an assistant coach at Piedmont for the 2007-08 season and he was an assistant teaching professional at the Magnolia Racket Club.

Snyder-Fair comes to W&L after one season as the assistant men's basketball coach at Vassar College, helping the Brewers tie a school record for wins in a season (18-8) and guiding a pair of players to all-conference honors. Prior to his stint at Vassar, Snyder-Fair was an assistant coach at Amherst College from 2005-07. While there, the Lord Jeffs posted a 58-6 overall record, advanced to a pair of NCAA Division III Final Fours and won the 2007 National Championship. Snyder-Fair was a four-year letterwinner for the basketball team at Colby College, where he graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology.

Uhl will assist the track & field program after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Generals in the spring of 2004 and for the 2006-07 school year. Uhl also served as the head cross country and track & field coach at College Misericordia from 2004-06, coaching one NCAA All-American, two NCAA qualifiers, 40 all-conference student-athletes, five conference champions and guiding athletes to 39 school records. He was named the 2004-05 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Additionally, Uhl served as a graduate assistant track & field coach at Frostburg State, earning a master of science in human performance in 2003. Uhl was a collegiate track & field athlete at Slippery Rock University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in exercise science in 2001.

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