Chris McHugh ’09 is entering his second season as the head coach of the Washington and Lee men's basketball program. In his first year at the helm, he led the Generals to a 17-10 overall record and an 11-5 ODAC mark. The team finished the regular season tied for second in the ODAC standings, and advanced to the semifinals of the league tournament.
The 17 wins were the most for W&L since the 2009-10 season, and it was the first winning season for the Blue and White since 2010-11. McHugh became the first Washington and Lee men's basketball coach to have a winning record in his first season in over 70 years.
Under McHugh's leadership, the Generals have had three players earn All-ODAC accolades, had one ODAC Scholar-Athlete, one player garner all-state honors, one player recieve all-region laurels and had one athlete named to the NABC Division III All-Star game, which is the first time in program history a General played in that contest.
McHugh was an assistant coach at Emory University before coming back to Lexington. His first year at Emory was the 2013-14 season, and he was elevated to associate coach in March of 2017. During his four years with the Eagles, the program registered an 80-31 overall record and made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2013-2014.
McHugh coached eight All-UAA players and two All-Americans in his time at Emory, and the program won at least 19 games each season. Prior to coaching with the Eagles, McHugh was an assistant coach at Connecticut College during the 2012-13 season and an assistant at Mount Saint Mary College from 2009-2012.
McHugh graduated from Washington and Lee in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in politics. He received a master of sports administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2012.
McHugh was a four-year letterwinner at guard for the Generals men’s basketball program. He played in 101 games with 72 starts, leading the team in assists his junior and senior seasons. McHugh is still tied for seventh on the W&L career list in three-point percentage. The Generals win total increased all four years McHugh was on the team, and the team advanced to the ODAC Championship game his senior season for the first time since 1989.
McHugh YEAR-BY-YEAR AT W&L
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