April 23, 2007

W&L Names Matt Stavish Assistant Football Coach

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Interim Athletic Director Chuck O'Connell has announced the appointment of Matt Stavish as assistant football coach and assistant professor of physical education. Stavish will begin his duties effective July 1.

"We are pleased to welcome Matt back to the Washington and Lee football program as an assistant coach," said O'Connell. "He was a fine player for the Generals who has gone on to become a fine coach. Our athletes will benefit from his energy and enthusiasm for the sport."

Stavish graduated from Washington and Lee in 2003 with a bachelor of arts in chemistry. He was a four-year letterwinner for the football team, serving as a team captain during his senior season. A three-year starter at linebacker, Stavish racked up 239 career tackles, six interceptions and 5.5 sacks in helping lead the Generals to their winningest four-year stretch in 18 years. He was also a two-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete selection.

"My wife and I are excited about the opportunity to be professionally associated with a school that has such strong values and traditions as Washington and Lee," said Stavish. "I'm elated to be part of a football program that has been so successful the last couple of years and that speaks to the committment of Coach Miriello, his staff and the players. This is a group of outstanding young men and I can't wait to get started."

Following graduation, Stavish served as a graduate assistant for the football program at the University of Virginia, where he earned a master's degree in chemistry education in 2006. Working under Head Coach Al Groh and current Temple Head Coach Al Golden, Stavish helped lead the the Cavaliers to three-straight bowl appearances, winning the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl and the 2005 Music City Bowl.

Stavish currently serves as a teacher at Charlottesville High School and as an assistant football coach at Monticello High School, where he works with the special teams, tight ends and defensive ends.

"Matt has always been a student of the game of football and, as a captain, he always demonstrated outstanding leadership," noted Head Coach Frank Miriello. "He is a young man that loves football, is a wonderful teacher and has a great work ethic. I am excited about his return to the Washington and Lee football program and I am confident our team will benefit from his expertise and team-first attitude."

Stavish will coach the Generals' special teams and defensive line after a position was open following defensive coordinator Brian Newberry's departure for Elon College in February.

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