LEXINGTON, Va.— Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the appointment of Steven Jackson and Kelly Heyde as assistant coaches within the athletic department.
Jackson will serve as an assistant football coach and be responsible for coaching the defensive line, while Heyde will join the department as assistant professor of physical education and assistant swimming coach.
Jackson was brought on staff after serving as an assistant football coach and foundations of technology teacher at South Hagerstown High School in Maryland since 2012. In his role as assistant coach, he worked with the offensive lineman and served as the offensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach.
Jackson earned a bachelor of science in physical education and health from Shepherd University in 2012. He was a four-year starter on the offensive line and was a team captain for his senior season. He was a two-time all-conference honoree, including as a senior when he received First Team All-WVIAC, First Team All-Region and All-America honors. As a junior, Jackson helped lead the Rams to a conference title and the NCAA Division II Semifinals.
In high school, Jackson was an all-district, all-region and all-state honoree at Amherst County, leading the Lancers to a state championship in 2007.
Heyde comes to W&L after two seasons as an assistant swimming coach and fitness instructor at Southwestern University. Both years she was part of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year, helping Pirate swimmers attain 21 school records and numerous conference titles. She helped three Southwestern swimmers achieve NCAA “B” cut times, while mentoring one CSCAA Scholar All-American.
Prior to her time at Southwestern, Heyde was a graduate assistant swimming coach at Goucher College from 2013-15, earning a master of education degree with a focus in athletic leadership. She helped two Goucher swimmers to NCAA “B” cut times, while also boasting one CSCAA Scholar All-American.
Heyde’s experiences in the pool also include working the University of Texas swimming camp the past two years and serving as an assistant swim coach and lessons coordinator at The Lake Club in Wilton, Conn., during the summer months from 2010-16.
A 2013 graduate of St. Mary’s (Md.) with a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in Art & Art History, Heyde was a four-time team MVP and two-time St. Mary’s Female Athlete of the Year. She graduated holding school records in five events and was a 12-time Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) champion. She set a pair of league records (400 IM & 200 Fly) and became the first swimmer in CAC history to win the same three individual events in four consecutive years.
The St. Mary’s and CAC Rookie of the Year in 2010, Heyde qualified for the NCAA Swimming Championship on three separate occasions and she was a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American.