W&L Football Announces Staff Changes

Gavin Colliton, DeShon Foxx and Nick Perrotta

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced changes to the Generals' football staff effective July 1, 2019.

Long-time assistant coach Gavin Colliton will enter phased retirement following 29 seasons with the Generals.  Second-year assistant coach Nick Perrotta will be promoted from a non-faculty coaching position to a faculty coaching position, and DeShon Foxx will join the staff in a non-faculty assistant coaching position.

"On behalf of all of us at W&L, I want to express our sincerest thanks to Gavin for his faithful service to our students, our department and the University," said Hathorn.  "He has been a fabulous teacher and leader who has given his best for the good of each students' development and growth."

Head Football Coach Garrett LeRose remarked "I would like to thank Coach Colliton for his tireless service and commitment to the Washington and Lee football program and University as a whole. The relentless enthusiasm with which he attacks each day radiates in every person that was fortunate to work with and around him during his 29 years of service.  We are grateful for all that he has done and the ways in which he will continue to make our program better in his new role."

LeRose continued, "I am excited that Nick is being rewarded with this promotion to a faculty assistant position.  We also welcome DeShon and his family to our football family.  He brings a wealth of experience and an exciting new role model for our players."

Colliton arrived at W&L in 1990 and has coached a variety of position groups across his tenure.  Most recently, he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, while his credits also include coaching the special teams, defensive line and defensive backs.  Colliton helped lead the Generals to five ODAC titles and the only five trips to the NCAA Tournament in program history.  His offensive lines consistently paved the way for one of the top rushing offenses in college football.

In addition to his football coaching experience, Colliton also served as the head men's golf coach from 2000-11, leading the Generals to a pair of ODAC titles and two Top 20 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championship.  Additionally, he mentored Nathaniel James '08, who was a three-time All-American and the 2008 winner of the prestigious Byron Nelson Award.

Colliton currently serves as an assistant coach with the W&L baseball program as well.

"As I look back on my teaching and coaching career at W&L, I would be remiss if I did not thank the multitude of students and athletes that I have had the opportunity to interact with for their energy and commitment," said Colliton.  "I have enjoyed working with them and they have served as excellent role models and mentors to my own children."

"Furthermore, I would like to thank the entire Washington and Lee community for its support these many years," he added.

Perrotta joined the W&L coaching staff last spring after serving as an intern and graduate assistant coach at Kennesaw State University.  As defensive line coach, he helped the Generals lead the ODAC in scoring defense (24.7 ppg), while also posting the second-best rushing defense (135.8 ypg) in the conference.

Perrotta was a three-year member of the Kennesaw State football team, playing all 22 games at defensive line over his final two seasons.  He tallied 35 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions across his junior and senior seasons.   Perrotta earned a bachelor of science in sport management from KSU in 2017 and is currently pursuing a master of science in applied exercise and health science from Arkansas State University.

Foxx will serve as wide receivers and tight ends coach at W&L.  He comes to Lexington from The Loomis Chaffee School, where he served as an assistant coach for the last year.  In this role, he was responsible for a number of objectives, including recruiting, exercise and training programs, and co-coordinating the offense.

Foxx also served as a program leader at the University of Connecticut from 2017-19 and was the owner and head coach of the Warrior Wide Receiver Academy in Renton, Wash., from 2016-18.

A 2015 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of arts in sociology, Foxx played four seasons of football with the Huskies, totaling 1,570 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns across 38 games.  He was named the Team MVP in 2014, was an Academic All-AAC member, and was twice awarded the Husky Scholar-Award, which is given to student-athletes who attribute a strong academic culture on their team.

A wide receiver, Foxx was signed by the Seattle Seahawks and was a member of the Seahawks and New York Jets during his professional football career.  He is currently pursuing a master of arts in sports management from the University of Connecticut.

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