LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced several changes to the football staff effective immediately.
Garrett LeRose has been promoted from a non-faculty position of assistant football coach to the faculty position of assistant football coach and assistant professor of physical education. He will serve as the special teams' coordinator and defensive back coach.
"It is with pleasure that I offer this promotion to Garrett," said Hathorn. "He has been a dedicated and loyal member of our football staff and has proven himself to be an invaluable member of our department. I am confident his experiences as a player and coach at Washington and Lee will continue to be an asset to our students in the football program, as well as in our physical education classes and our campus community. I look forward to many successful years of serving beside Garrett in this role."
Other changes included the promotion of Brendan O'Brien to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, and the addition of Vincent Munch to a non-faculty assistant position that will work with the tight ends and wide receivers.
"I'm excited about the changes to our staff as we prepare for the 2012 season," said Abell. "Garrett LeRose is an outstanding coach and I couldn't be happier with his promotion to a faculty position, he has been a vital part of our success, both on and off the field, and having the opportunity to get him in a more permanent position was important for our program."
The 2012 season with be LeRose's fifth as an assistant coach with the Generals. He had previously served as the tight ends and wide receivers coach, and was the team's coordinator of video operations. During his time on staff, W&L's offense has developed into one of the country's best, averaging 491.8 yards of offense and 38.9 points per game last season.
“I would like to thank our Athletic Director Jan Hathorn and Head Football Coach Scott Abell for extending the confidence to promote me to my new role as defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator,” said LeRose. “With the nucleus of our staff remaining unchanged, and many talented student athletes returning, it is an exciting time to welcome new challenges as we prepare for another successful season. As an alumnus, this new position allows me to continue to be part of a program and university with a rich tradition of honor, character and achievement. My supportive fiancé, Elizabeth Igo ’03, and I look forward to an exciting future here in Lexington.”
LeRose is a 2007 W&L graduate with a degree in European history. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Generals, playing wide receiver, halfback and quarterback and helping W&L to the 2006 ODAC title. He spent the 2007 season as a volunteer assistant, before assuming duties as a non-faculty assistant over the last four seasons.
O'Brien recently finished his fourth season with the program, helping the Generals to a 16-5 overall record and an 11-1 conference mark over the last two years.
“I am honored and excited to take on the position of defensive coordinator at Washington and Lee University,” said O’Brien. “Our defensive staff has been hard at work for many weeks developing our new identity and laying our foundation for the future. We intend to build upon the successes of the past as we to aim to help Generals football achieve new heights in the coming years.”
Before arriving at W&L, O'Brien had served as an assistant coach at Bowdoin (2008), Amherst (2006-08), Bentley (2005) and Norwich (2002-2005). He is a 2002 graduate of Norwich with a bachelor of science in physical education with a minor in coaching. O'Brien was a four-year letterwinner for both the football and baseball teams. On the gridiron, he was a three-year starter at linebacker and a two-time all-conference selection.
"Brendan is a dynamic, enthusiastic coach that will bring a lot of fire and passion to our defense," noted Abell. "He has a great understanding of what it takes to be successful here at Washington and Lee. I am looking forward to watching our players grow under his leadership."
Munch joins the staff after one season as the tight ends coach at Marietta College. He is a 2011 graduate of Ferrum College with a bachelor of science in physical education with a minor in exercise science.
"Vincent was a perfect fit for our TE/WR position," said Abell. "It was important to hire someone that understood our schemes and philosophy. As a player, he participated in a similar offense and, growing up around the game as the son of a coach, he has all the intangibles. We are fortunate to have him join our staff."
While at Ferrum, Munch was a four-year letterwinner at tight end, earning First Team All-USA South, Second Team All-State and Second Team All-South Region honors. A team captain as a senior, he caught 14 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns during his career.
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