Lexington, Virginia -- Tommy Laurendine has resigned as offensive coordinator for the Washington and Lee football team and has accepted a similar position at his alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne.
“I am grateful to Coach Miriello and Jan Hathorn for giving me an opportunity to return to Washington and Lee and for being so understanding,” said Laurendine. “This was not an easy decision to leave after one season and I mulled it over for some time – if it was not my alma mater, I would not be leaving. But, I have some very fond memories from my time at Lenoir-Rhyne and it feels like I will be going home. I’ve always thought that I would like to return to coach there and eventually becoming the head coach is among my goals.”
Laurendine helped lead the Generals to a 6-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the ODAC during the 2007 season. He guided the W&L offense to an average of 344.8 yards and 24.6 points per game, an increase of 111.1 yards and 5.0 points per game over the previous season.
“It was good to have Tommy back this year and he did a tremendous job with our offense,” stated Miriello. “I am disappointed to see him leave so quickly, but I know he has a strong desire to return to Lenoir-Rhyne and I fully understand that. I wish him and his family well as they move on to this new opportunity.”
“We would like to thank Tommy for his contributions to our football program ,” said Hathorn, W&L’s Director of Athletics. “We had hoped that he would be here for a long time and we did not want to see him go, but we do understand that when your alma mater calls, it is hard to ignore. We wish him all the best.”
Laurendine earned two letters as a member of the football team at Appalachian State University before transferring to Lenoir-Rhyne, where he earned a bachelor of arts in education in 1990. Laurendine received two letters with the Bears, garnering South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors both seasons. He was named a finalist for the 1989 Domino's NAIA Player of the Year Award and is a 2007 inductee to the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame.
Laurendine began his coaching career in 1990 as a student assistant coach at his alma mater and later served as a graduate assistant coach at West Georgia from 1991-93, earning a master of education in physical education, and was the co-offensive coordinator at Northwest Whitfield High School in Dalton, Ga., from 1994-95. He then served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the Generals from 1995-96, helping lead W&L to a 10-8-1 overall record.
Laurendine has also been an offensive coordinator at West Georgia (2006), Southern Arkansas (2000-2006), and at the University of West Alabama (1997-2000).
A national search for a new offensive coordinator is already underway.