January 4, 2002

McCABE RESIGNS AS ASSISTANT FOOTBALL AND ASSISTANT LACROSSE COACH

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee assistant football and assistant men's lacrosse coach Gene McCabe has resigned to accept a position at Hamilton College. McCabe will serve as the Continentals' head men's lacrosse coach and will assist the football team.

"My family is very excited about this opportunity," said McCabe. However, it is almost bitter sweet because my time at Washington and Lee has been very rewarding. Working with outstanding coaches, administrators and athletes at W&L has been an invaluable experience and has prepared me to move on as a head coach. My family and I extremely appreciative and take with us many fond memories."

"Gene McCabe has been an outstanding coach in two sports while at Washington and Lee University," said Mike Walsh, W&L's Director of Athletics. "He has been an integral part of the successes in our men's lacrosse and football programs. Additionally, his work in establishing the Academic Liaison Program for prospective athletes and his coordination of the Safe Drive Program speak to his commitment to all aspects of a student's life. We will miss Gene and wish him every success at Hamilton College."

A 1995 graduate of Bates College, McCabe arrived at W&L in July of 1998 following two years as the head football and lacrosse coach at Oak Hill High School in Wales, Maine. In his time at W&L, McCabe helped lead the men's lacrosse team to a 43-5 overall record and two Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships.

The Generals advanced to NCAA Division III Tournaments, finishing as a National Semifinalist during the 2000 season.

"Gene is one of the bright young coaches in college lacrosse," said W&L Head Lacrosse Coach Mike Cerino. "It will be a great loss that we don't have him on the sidelines this season. We do wish him, however, all the success at Hamilton College in the future.

In four years as an offensive backfield coach and recruiting coordinator for the football team, McCabe aided in the development of W&L's all-time leaders in passing (Christian Batcheller), receiving (J.T. Malatesta) and rushing (Marc Watson).

McCabe begins his appointment at Hamilton the second week of January.

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