John Embree was one of Washington and Lee’s top two-sport
athletes of the 1970’s.
Embree lettered in soccer and tennis each of his four years and was the tennis team captain in each of his final two seasons.
In soccer, Embree earned Second Team All-State honors as a junior when he led the team in assists and ranked second on the team in scoring. He helped lead the Generals to a 13-6-2 overall record during his sophomore and junior seasons and helped W&L to a second place finish in the state as a senior. Following his junior season in 1974, Embree received the Jim Trundle Award as the team’s outstanding player.
In tennis, Embree was the team’s No. 1 singles player his final two seasons and led the Generals to a 63-26 overall record during his four seasons.
Three times Embree was named the team’s MVP and twice he was honored as the ODAC Player of the Year, including his senior season when he led the Generals to a school-record 18 victories against just six losses. That season, he advanced to the fourth round of the NCAA Division II Tournament in garnering Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Embree finished his career with a 75-26 overall singles record and he entered the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame ranked fifth all-time in career singles victories.
Embree capped his fine career by being named the W&L Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1975.