June 20, 2008

W&L's Hoey to Participate in USA Track & Field Elite Camp

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Head Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Coach and Director of Running Programs Nate Hoey has been selected to participate in the USA Track & Field and U.S. Olympic Committee's Emerging Elite Track & Field Coaches Training Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., on July 20-24.

"I am thrilled to have to have been selected for this opportunity," said Hoey. "Working with and learning from some of the world's best coaches is going to be a great experience. I am really looking forward to it."

The program is an intense five-day camp of classroom and practical hands-on sessions covering a wide variety of topics such as: Training & competition considerations, sport psychology, biomechanics, strength training, physiology, periodization and other applications.

Roughly 10 coaches per year are selected to attend the camp based on their proven abilities to develop athletes in their respective event(s) to state and national levels and to their projected potential to develop future medalists. Selection are based on nominations from the USA Track & Field development coordinators and representatives.

Hoey recently completed his fifth year as the Director of Running Programs at W&L. During that time, the men's and women's cross country teams have combined for eight conference titles and his men's and women's track and field teams have achieved record-high point totals at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships. W&L athletes have also gone on to earn 92 All-ODAC citations, have set school records 129 times and have claimed ODAC records 12 times during his tenure.

Additionally, Hoey helped guide a pair of runners, juniors Stacy Doornbos (Roswell, Ga./Lassiter) and Jessica Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park), to All-America honors during the 2008 season. Doornbos finished third in the heptathlon (4,737 pts.) and Shaw finished fifth in the 5,000 meters (16:56.78) at the NCAA Championships, becoming W&L's first track & field All-Americans since 1993.

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