Washington and Lee Adds Four Coaches to Athletics Staff

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the addition of several assistant coaches to the Generals’ athletic department staff.

Anthony Figueiredo joins the football staff as defensive line coach, Suzanne Medwid has been hired as assistant women’s soccer coach, Brandon Regan has been hired as assistant men’s soccer coach and John Geissinger assumes duties as assistant men’s and women’s swimming coach.

“It is a pleasure to welcome these young coaches to our department,” said Hathorn.  “I know I speak for their respective head coaches when I say that we are excited about the experiences they bring to our teams and programs, and we look forward to working with them in the coming year.”

Figueiredo comes to W&L from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he served as the defensive line coach for the past two seasons.  While there, he helped lead the Engineers to a 10-10 overall record and helped players earn 16 all-conference citations.  He was responsible for coaching the defensive line, recruited much of the Northeast and coordinated the team’s video efforts.

In addition to his experience at WPI, Figueiredo served as a substitute teacher at South Community High School in Worcester, Mass., and he coached at a number of camps in New England, New York and New Jersey.  He is a 2007 graduate of Worcester State College, where he earned a degree in health education.  Figueiredo was a four-year starter at defensive end for the WSC football team, serving as a team captain in 2006.  He was named team defensive MVP and garnered First Team All-Conference and All-ECAC honors as a senior.

Medwid joins the W&L staff following one season as assistant soccer coach at her alma mater, Wittenberg University.  The 2009 graduate earned a bachelor of arts in early and special education in addition to playing on the Tigers’ soccer team for four seasons.  As a player, she was a two-time team captain and two-time All-America selection.  She earned North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Player of the Year honors in 2008 and she helped lead Wittenberg to three appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament, including a Sweet 16 showing as a junior.

As a coach, Medwid helped lead the Tigers to a 12-5-5 record, an NCAC conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament where they fell in the second round.  In addition to her coaching experience at Wittenberg, Medwid has worked numerous camps over the years, including the Wittenberg and Cape Cod Sea Camps.

Regan will assist the men’s soccer staff after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit University for the past two seasons and as an assistant soccer, hockey and lacrosse coach at The Linsly School for the past year.   He has also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Robert Morris University (2008) and was the head coach of the Eagles F.C. in Wheeling, W.Va., from 2006-10.

A 2008 Wheeling Jesuit graduate with a bachelor of science in business administration, Regan played four years of collegiate soccer, first at Robert Morris and later at WJU.  He helped lead RMU to a conference championship and NCAA berth in 2005 and finished his collegiate career as a captain and two-time all-conference selection for Wheeling Jesuit.  He later played professionally in the Irish Premier League for Dungannon Swifts F.C., in 2008.

Geissinger joins the Generals after spending the past year as an intern with IMG Media.  He is a 2009 graduate of Denison University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in history and participated on the swimming team.  A four-time NCAA Division III Championship qualifier, he earned All-American honors 22 times during his career, setting five Denison records and seven conference records.  The 2009 NCAC Swimmer of the Year, he also helped set the NCAA Division III record in the 800 free relay.  Geissinger helped Denison to four Top 3 finishes at the NCAA Championships in addition to the 2009 NCAC title.

All four assistant coaches will begin their appointments during the course of the summer months in preparation for the 2010-11 school year.