September 13, 2006

JOEL SHINOFIELD NAMED INTERIM WOMEN'S SWIMMING COACH AT W&L

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Interim Athletic Director Chuck O'Connell has announced that head men's swimming coach and aquatics director Joel Shinofield has been appointed as interim women's swimming coach for the 2006-07 season. Additionally, O'Connell announced that Kelli Austin '03 has been named the assistant swimming coach for both the men's and women's swimming programs.

"We are pleased that Joel has accepted our offer to coach the women's swimming program on an interim basis," noted O'Connell. "He has done outstanding work as our men's swimming coach and aquatics director and will continue to do so for our women's program until a permanent coach is secured. We are also excited to have Kelli Austin join our department following a tremendous career with the Generals."

Shinofield has coached the W&L men's swimming team since 2003 and has notched a 19-3 overall mark and has won three straight Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships. Additionally, he has guided W&L to a pair of Top 20 finishes at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships during the last three seasons, while also coaching 19 Generals to multiple All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors and eight W&L swimmers to multiple All-America accolades.

Shinofield takes over on an interim basis for Kiki Jacobs, who resigned in July to become the Associate Athletic Director at Oberlin College.

"I am pleased to be able to assist the athletic department as interim women's swimming coach until a search for a permanent replacement can be performed," said Shinofield. "Our women's swimming program has a great tradition and I am excited to carry that forward during the coming season."

A 2003 Washington and Lee graduate with a degree in sociology and anthropology, Austin returns to the Generals after serving as the assistant director of development at the La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Ind., since July. Previously, she had been the assistant director of admissions and head swimming coach at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Va.

"We were lucky to have a qualified alum who understands Washington and Lee and our swimming program," added Shinofield. "Kelli was a very successful athlete while at W&L and we are looking forward to her assisting our athletes in their own pursuit of success."

Austin was a four-year letterwinner for the Generals, serving as a team captain during her senior campaign. A four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, she was part of the 800-free relay team that set a school record during the 2003 season. Austin also served as a work study in the athletic department during her four years in Lexington.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to return to the Twombly Pool and serve as a coach for the Generals," said Austin. "As a student, I really enjoyed working in the athletic office and I jumped at the opportunity to return."

A national search for a permanent head women's swimming coach will be conducted near the completion of the 2006-07 season.

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