February 15, 2013

W&L Names Jon Berlin Assistant Football Coach

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that Jon Berlin has been hired as assistant football coach and assistant professor of physical education.

"It is with pleasure and excitement that I welcome Jon Berlin to Washington and Lee and to our staff," said Hathorn. "Jon has an excellent background in education and coaching and has demonstrated a high level of achievement in both areas throughout his career. Jon will bring many talents and qualities to our football staff and to the players within the program, as well as to the University. We are grateful to have someone of his caliber choose to become a member of the W&L community, and we look forward to serving beside him for many years to come."

Berlin comes to Washington and Lee from Rustburg High School, where he has served as head football coach since 2008.  He took over a 1-9 team and led them to back-to-back 5-5 seasons, along with their first region playoff appearance since 2003.

 "I could not be happier that Jon will be joining our staff at Washington and Lee," said Head Coach Scott Abell.  "Jon brings a great deal of experience, knowledge and energy to our program.  His commitment and drive for excellence is second none and I am excited for our players and program."

Along with Abell, Berlin is a co-founder of the Central Virginia Coaches Clinic and he has served as the co-director of the clinic since 2002.

 "I am very excited to become a part of the Washington and Lee community," said Berlin. "I look forward to helping the students and players uphold the mission of such a prestigious university."

Also a government and weightlifting teacher at Rustburg High School, Berlin's coaching experience also included four years working with Abell at Amherst County High School (2002-06).  In addition to his time at Amherst County, he also held assistant coaching positions at Monticello High School (1999-01), Western Albemarle High School (1996-99) and Albemarle High School (1991-95).

Berlin is a 1994 graduate of Mary Baldwin College with a bachelor of arts in history.  He also attended classes at the University of Virginia, receiving special education certification from the Virginia Department of Education.  Berlin then earned a master's degree in administration/supervision from Liberty University in 2004.

Berlin will begin his appointment on July 1.

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