In its 259-year history, Washington and Lee University has
appointed only six athletic directors. The seventh, Janine
Hathorn, is the first woman to hold the position. Janine, who had
been assistant director of athletics at W&L since 2002 and
women’s lacrosse coach since 1987, started her new role July
The director of athletics is a member of the faculty and reports to the University Provost. Responsibilities include management and coordination of 24 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports and the department’s program of physical education courses. One quarter of W&L’s 1,750 undergraduates participate in intercollegiate sports.
Hathorn had directed W&L’s women’s lacrosse program since its inception in 1988. Her skill at developing programs has been demonstrated by W&L’s appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1993, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. She claims a 289-115 (.715) career record, and her 289 victories are the fifth-highest total in the history of women’s lacrosse. Hathorn was named ODAC Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and has served on the NCAA Lacrosse Committee.
Hathorn enjoyed similar success in women’s soccer, where she served as head coach from 1987-2000. She led W&L to ODAC regular season titles in 1991 and 1998 and a then-school record 12 wins in 1996. She was named the ODAC Soccer Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1996.
Before coming to W&L, Hathorn spent five successful years at Denison University, where she coached the lacrosse team to five conference titles. She was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 1987.
Hathorn earned a B.A. in physical education from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1982 and an M.A. in physical education from Ohio State University in 1985. She played lacrosse and basketball at Cortland.
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