LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Athletic Director Mike Walsh has announced the hiring of Jeff Lafave as the school's head men's basketball coach. Lafave served as the interim head coach at W&L during the 1999-2000 season.

"It is with enthusiasm that we elevate Jeff Lafave from interim coach to head coach," said Walsh. "We look forward to building on the foundation that he laid this year under difficult circumstances. Our team improved over the course of the season, competed hard all year long, and responded to Jeff's professional demeanor."

During the 1999-2000 season, Lafave guided a W&L squad predicted to finish 10th of 10 teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to a sixth place conference finish and a 9-16 overall record. In the process, the Generals recorded an upset win over Bridgewater in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament and took eventual league-champion Roanoke to the wire in the tournament semifinals before falling, 66-60. The opening round victory was W&L's first ODAC Tournament win in 10 years. In addition, the Generals were 7-4 at home in the Warner Center.

"I'm elated to have the opportunity to accept this position after having worked with the young men here this past season," said the 30-year old Lafave. "I'll have the opportunity to build upon what we accomplished last year, especially late in the season. I'd like to thank President Elrod, Athletic Director Mike Walsh, the members of the search committee, and the entire Washington and Lee community for their support during the entire process and for presenting me with this opportunity. I'd also like to thank my players and assistant coach Barry Machado for working so hard all season long. I look forward to working with them again in the future as we strive for improvement."

Prior to taking over the program on an interim basis, Lafave had served the 1998-99 year as an assistant coach for the Generals.

Before arriving at W&L, Lafave spent three seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. During his time at Williams, Lafave helped the Ephs post a 77-10 record, advancing to the Division III Final Four twice.

Lafave is a 1993 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor of science degree in corporate communications.