Nate Hoey is in his 10th year with the athletic staff atWashington and Lee University. He currently serves as thehead coach for the women’s track and field program and as anassistant coach with the women’s cross countryprogram.
During his first eight years with the University, Hoey served asthe director of running programs and head men’s andwomen’s track & field coach. In this role, heproceeded to lift the Generals’ running programs to newheights.
Hoey guided the women’s team to an Old Dominion AthleticConference Indoor Championship title in 2009 and, in 2010, theW&L men’s track & field team finished second overallat the conference championships in both the indoor and outdoorseasons, the program’s best finishes in better than 15years.
Individually, Hoey’s athletes have excelled, breakingschool records a total of 180 times (15 conference records aswell), while 176 athletes have received all-conference recognitionfor their performances. He has also coached W&L athletesto 81 conference championships, while his athletes have qualifiedfor the NCAA Division III National Championships a total of 25times. Additionally, 14 of his athletes have been named theODAC Athlete of the Year, while eight have been named the ODACRookie of the Year in their sport.
Hoey has also mentored his athletes to All-America honors fourtimes, two in the heptathlon (Stacy Doornbos), one in thepentathlon (Stacy Doornbos) and one in the 5,000 meters (JessicaShaw).
Hoey’s athletes have also excelled in the classroom, witha grand total of 186 students earning W&L Scholar-Athletehonors for achieving a 3.5 GPA or better in a term during theschool year. Additionally, 27 athletes have been named to theUSTFCCA Academic All-America teams and 19 times Hoey’sathletes have been named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of theYear. Three athletes have also received the prestigious NCAAPostgraduate Scholarship.
For his efforts, Hoey has twice been named the ODAC Coach of theYear (2008 & 2009). He was also honored as the NCAASouth/Southeast Region Coach of the Year by the USTFCCA twice– for the women’s indoor season in 2009 and again forthe men’s indoor season in 2011.
During the 2011 season, Hoey’s men’s andwomen’s teams accumulated 45 all-conference performances, 15school records and 12 conference championships.
Prior to his appointment at W&L, Hoey served as theassistant cross country and track and field coach at West ChesterUniversity in Pennsylvania. He was responsible for thedevelopment of the men's and women's sprinters, hurdlers, jumpersand throwers. In two seasons at the NCAA Division II school, heguided athletes to one All-America and 18 All-Pennsylvania StateAthletic Conference Awards. His commitment to academic excellencewas demonstrated when the WCU Men's and Women's Cross Country Teamsearned National All-Academic Team recognition in 2001.
Hoey is a 2000 graduate of Slippery Rock University with adegree in exercise and sport science. While at SRU he was a 13-timeAll-Conference track and field athlete, three-time conferencechampion, was twice named PSAC Athlete of the Year, and was a PSACrecord holder.
Hoey is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist throughthe National Strength and Conditioning Association, holds the ClubCoach Certification from USA Weightlifting, is a USA Track &Field Level III Certified coach in the combined events and is aLevel II Certified Coach in the jumps, sprints, hurdles andrelays. He is also certified through the Pole Vault SafetyCertification Board.
Hoey holds the rank of associate professor of physical educationat the University. He is married to Assistant Women’s Track& Field Coach and Head Women's Cross Country Coach Kris Hoey.The couple reside in Rockbridge County with their daughter, ChaseMaya.