W&L Names Scott Abell Assistant Football Coach

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the hiring of Scott Abell as assistant football coach and assistant professor of physical education. Abell, who will serve as the offensive coordinator, will officially begin his duties on July 1.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Scott Abell to our football program, our athletic department and to the University community," stated Hathorn. "Scott is an outstanding coach and professional, who's energy and passion for the educational process will serve as a role model and mentor to our student-athletes. I look forward to working with him for many years to come."

Abell comes to Washington and Lee after six seasons as the head coach at Amherst County High School in Amherst, Va. During that time he compiled a 60-12 overall record and won three Seminole District Titles, while leading the Lancers to the 2006 and 2007 Virginia Group AA, Division 4, State Championship. Three times he was named the Seminole District and Virginia Region III Coach of the Year, while he received the State Coach of the Year Award after each of the past two seasons.

"My whole family is excited about making the change -- moving to Lexington and becoming part of such a great institution as Washington and Lee," said Abell. "This is a terrific time to enter a football program that has been very successful within the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and Division III."

Abell, who served as the team's offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coach at Amherst County, is also the co-founder and co-director of the Central Virginia Coaches Clinic, a well-respected camp for over 150 high school coaches.

"I'm excited about Scott joining our football staff," said W&L Head Coach Frank Miriello. "I believe that he will bring some needed stability to the offensive side of the ball as our coordinator. He is a excellent teacher of the game and he has demonstrated an imaginative approach to offensive football. I know he is excited to make the transition to college football and we are just as enthusiastic to welcome Scott and his family into our football program."

Prior to taking over at Amherst Country, Abell spent four seasons as the head football coach at Liberty High School, turning an 0-10 team in 1998 into a Seminole District Champion in 2001. He has also been an assistant football coach and physical education teacher at Altavista High School (1996-97), Western Albemarle High School (1994-96) and Albemarle High School (1993).

Abell is a 1992 graduate of Longwood College with a bachelor of science degree in physical education and health. He also attained a master's degree in administration/supervision from Lynchburg College in 2007.