LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Athletic Director Mike Walsh has announced the appointment of Nathan Hoey as W&L's new Fitness Center Director and Strength Coach. Hoey will begin his appointment in late July.

"The entire Washington and Lee community is looking forward to the opening this fall of our new 10,000 square foot fitness center," said Walsh. "We have in Nate Hoey the right person to bring the facility on-line and provide balanced services and instruction to all our user groups; students, faculty, staff, athletes and recreational users. Nate is excited to be able make his mark on the W&L community in a brand new state-of-the-art facility."

"This is a tremendous opportunity," said Hoey. "The new fitness center is going to be a great place for the university community to join in recreational health and fitness activities. I am also eager to begin working with the exceptional coaching staff and student-athletes at Washington and Lee."

Hoey comes to Washington and Lee following one year as the Wellness Director at the Brandywine Square YMCA in Downingtown, Pa. While there, his responsibilities included supervision of a staff, performing fitness evaluations, budgeting, equipment purchasing, equipment maintenance and developing wellness programs.

Hoey also served as a Speed, Agility and Quickness Director for Lightning Fast Training Systems, an athletic performance company, in Downingtown from May of 2000 until September of 2001. He had also been an assistant track and field and cross country coach at West Chester University since November of 2000.

A native of Drexel Hill, Pa., Hoey graduated from Slippery Rock University in August of 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science. While at Slippery Rock, Hoey was a four-year member of the track and field team. Hoey helped lead The Rock to three conference titles while earning all-conference honors 13 times and being named to the conference's scholar-athlete team all four years.

Hoey is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.