POSITION: Head Coach/Quarterbacks/Running Backs
RECRUITING AREAS: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Northern Virginia (703/571 Area Codes), Tampa
Garrett LeRose '07 is in his second season as the head football coach at Washington and Lee University. In his first season, the Generals posted a 5-4 overall record and finished fifth nationally in rushing, averaging 296.0 yards per game on the ground. W&L also led the ODAC in scoring defense (24.7 ppg) and was second in both rush defense (135.8 ypg) and total defense (369.8 ypg.)
LeRose became the 34th coach in the program's history after 10 years at W&L as an assistant coach and four years as a player. During those combined 14 years, LeRose helped the Blue & White attain five Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles, after having won just two across the prior 30 seasons.
LeRose had served the coaching staff in a number of capacities over the years. He began his coaching career as a student assistant coach for the 2007 season while earning a bachelor of arts in European History. He was hired on staff for the 2008 season, serving as the wide receivers and tight ends coach, and as the team's video coordinator.
In 2011, LeRose switched to defense, working with the defensive backs in addition to a new role as recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator. He was promoted to assistant head coach in 2015, switching back to offense where he once again worked with the wide receivers and tight ends, while maintaining his role as recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator.
Since LeRose moving back to the offensive side of the ball in 2015, the Generals averaged 490.6 yards and 36.7 points per game while claiming ODAC titles in 2015 and 2017. W&L led all of college football in rushing in 2015 and 2016, while also finishing second in Division III last season (403.2 ypg). The 2015 squad produced the school's first undefeated regular season in 54 years.
W&L also claimed ODAC titles in 2010 and 2012, producing one of the best three-year stretches in program history. The Generals won eight games for three straight seasons, compiling a 24-8 across the three years.
As a player, LeRose was a four-year letterwinner as a quarterback, H-Back and wide receiver. He played in 33 career games, catching 10 passes for 68 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for seven yards and completed 2-of-3 passes for 18 yards. As a senior, he helped lead the Generals to their first ODAC title in 21 years and the program's first-ever NCAA playoff appearance.
He and his wife Elizabeth, W&L’s Associate Director of Athletics, reside in Lexington with their sons, Hudson and Holden.