July 13, 2011

W&L Tabs New Athletic Department Assistants

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the hiring of Christine Clancy, Mary-Kate Geratowski and Ryan Riggs as staff members within the athletic department.

Clancy joins the department as assistant women’s basketball coach, Geratowski will serve as assistant women’s lacrosse coach and Riggs will be the assistant wrestling coach.

Clancy comes to Washington and Lee after three seasons at Colby College, serving as the team’s interim head coach during the 2010-11 season.  After two seasons as the assistant coach, she took over the program last winter and led the White Mules to a 22-6 overall record, including a 7-2 mark in the NESCAC.  Clancy guided Colby to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round before falling to William Patterson, 58-53.

Clancy also served as an assistant coach at Smith College from 2006-08, earning a master of science degree in sports and exercise studies in 2008.  During that time, she also served as an athletic administrative intern at Smith.  As an undergraduate, Clancy played on the basketball and tennis teams at Brandeis University, graduating in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics.  She received the Coaches Award in both sports and was a three-time member of the University Athletic Association All-Academic Team.  A team captain for the basketball team as a senior, she was a three-time All-UAA selection, including a first team honoree following her final season.

Geratowski joins the Generals’ athletics staff after one season as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Richmond.  In this role, she served as the defensive coordinator for the Spiders, who finished 10-9 overall and 6-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference during the 2011 season.  She also served as an assistant coach at Connecticut College for the 2010 campaign, helping the Camels to a 6-8 record.

A 2008 graduate of Elmira College with a bachelor of science in English Literature and Secondary Education, Geratowski was a member of the Soaring Eagles’ lacrosse and ice hockey teams. On the lacrosse field, she served as a captain during her senior year and was presented the team MVP award, and was named to the Empire 8 All-Sportsmanship team.  In hockey, she received the Coaches Award as a sophomore and helped lead Elmira to three NCAA Tournament berths.

After her collegiate career, Geratowski spent one year playing and coaching lacrosse in England.  She was a member of the Hitchin Sprites Lacrosse Club and was the head lacrosse coach for the Princess Helena College, where she oversaw four teams. Under Geratowski's direction, the Under-19 team advanced to the semifinals of the Division III National Tournament.  She is expected to receive a master of education degree in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in August.

Riggs comes to Washington and Lee from Heidelberg University, where he served as an assistant coach over the past two seasons.  Last year, he helped Heidelberg to a runner-up finish at the OAC Championships, while also guiding three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.  Four wrestlers earned NWCA Scholar All-America honors, while the team ranked 15th in Division III in Team GPA en route to earning the NWCA Team Scholar Award.

Riggs has also served as an assistant at Massillion Perry High School (2008-09) and is the founder and head coach of the Perry Wrestling Club.  Additionally, he has served as the coach for the Ohio Freestyle & Greco-Roman Junior & Cadet National Team since 2007, coaching three All-America athletes.

Riggs was a two-year starter for the wrestling team at Cleveland State University, serving as a team captain for his senior season.  He graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in studio art with a concentration in drawing.  Riggs later earned a master of arts in education from Heidelberg in 2011.

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