LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that Kris Hoey has resigned as head women's cross country coach and assistant women's track & field coach, and that current assistant coach Kristin Cupido has been promoted to interim head coach for the 2013 season.
"It is with heartfelt gratitude that I want to thank Kris for the many ways she has given to W&L Athletics and to our women's cross country program," said Hathorn. "For the past nine years, she has elevated our cross country team to the top of the league and the region. Her dedication and commitment to the growth and betterment of our students, and the program, have set the standard for achievement for many years to come. It is with mixed emotions that I accept her resignation, for she has been an invaluable asset to our students, department and University, but I want nothing more than the best for Kris and Nate as they move on. I know I speak for others when I say that we wish them only the best in the coming years."
Hoey has served as the Generals' head women's cross country coach and assistant track & field coach for the last nine years, leading W&L to seven Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles.
"I would like to thank (former athletic director) Mike Walsh for taking a chance and giving me the opportunity to coach and teach at this very fine institution," said Kris Hoey. "It was his constant quest for excellence that helped me to set high goals for the program. I cannot express enough gratitude to Jan Hathorn for supporting and mentoring me over the last five years. It was her drive for success with the highest integrity possible that pushed me to expect the same from the young women on the team. The incredible athletes I have worked with have made the last 10 years truly rewarding. I look forward to the success of the program in the coming seasons."
Kris Hoey saw her share of success with the women's cross country program, leading them to the ODAC Championship in seven of her nine seasons at the helm. She was named the ODAC Coach of the Year seven times, while helping her athletes win five ODAC individual championships. Her harriers also produced 44 first team all-conference citations and earned all-region honors 23 times. Additionally, 11 athletes qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships, including two last season when the Generals finished fourth in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional, the eighth straight year that W&L placed among the Top 8 at the regional event. In track & field, she coached the middle distance and distance runners, and her athletes swept each one of those events at the 2009 indoor and outdoor ODAC Championships.
Cupido joined the cross country and track & field programs prior to the 2012 season as an assistant coach. She helped lead the Generals' cross country team to the ODAC title and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship. Five athletes earned All-ODAC honors, three earned all-region honors and two qualified for the NCAA Championship. The track and field team finished second by two points at the ODAC Indoor Track and Field Championship, and again was the runner-up during the outdoor season. At the outdoor meet, the team set a new program record with 155 points.
"I am pleased to offer this interim position to Kristin," said Hathorn. "She has demonstrated throughout the past year that she is ready and capable of assuming this role and the responsibilities of managing a highly-successful program. Her knowledge of running, W&L, and the woman athletes on our cross country and track teams will help us maintain some continuity as we move forward during this time of transition. I look forward to working beside her in the coming year."
A 2011 graduate of Kutztown University with a bachelor of science in leisure and sports studies, Cupido was a captain of the cross country and track & field teams during her senior season. A three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete and three-time member of the NCAA Division II All-Academic Cross Country team, she earned All-PSAC honors in the indoor 5,000 meters in 2008.
"I am very excited to continue in Kris's footsteps, said Cupido. "She left some big shoes to fill but I am confident I will be able to continue the success this program has had. I look forward to the upcoming season and helping the girls reach their potential."
Cupido joined the Generals after serving as the head cross country and track & field coach at Kutztown High School in Pennsylvania for one year.