May 23, 2011

Brandon Uhl Promoted to Head Men's Track & Field Coach

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that Brandon Uhl has been promoted to head men’s track & field coach, assistant men’s cross country coach and assistant professor of physical education.  

Nate Hoey will shift from director of running programs to head women’s track & field coach and assistant women’s cross country coach.  Kris Hoey will serve as assistant women’s track & field coach and John Tucker will be the men’s track & field assistant.  

“I’m extremely grateful, humbled, and excited about this new opportunity,” said Uhl. “I look forward to working with all the members of the campus community and making a difference in the lives of the students and athletes at W&L. Thank you to everyone who made this possible”

Uhl has been an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s track & field programs for the last three years, helping the Generals to an ODAC Women’s Indoor Championship, a combined 31 ODAC individual event championships and 22 school records during that span. Uhl also spearheaded the men’s recruiting efforts that lead them to a second place ODAC finish in 2001, their best conference finish since 1993.

“Moving Brandon into this role was a natural decision as he is an outstanding person, professional, and coach,” said Hathorn. “His years of experience as a head coach, prior to coming to W&L, have greatly benefitted our track and field student-athletes, as well as the overall program, due in large part to Brandon’s belief in W&L, it’s mission and it’s students.  I look forward to working with Brandon for many years in the future.”

Uhl also served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Generals in the spring of 2004 and for the 2006-07 school year before taking over as the head track & field and cross country coach at College Misericordia from 2004-06.  There he coached one NCAA All-American, two NCAA qualifiers, 40 all-conference student-athletes, five conference champions and guided athletes to 39 school records. He was named the 2004 and 2005 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Before his first stint with the Generals in the spring of 2004, Uhl served as a graduate assistant track & field coach at Frostburg State (Md.), earning a master of science degree in human performance. While at Frostburg, Uhl was responsible for the development of the men’s and women’s jumpers and assisting with the sprinters. In two seasons, he had an ECAC champion and a jumper provisionally qualify for NCAA’s. In all, he coached student-athletes to six All-ECAC awards and 10 All-Mason Dixon Conference awards.

Uhl is a 2001 graduate of Slippery Rock University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in exercise science. While at SRU, Uhl was a school record holder and provisional national qualifier in the triple jump. He was an eight-time all-conference student-athlete, two-time conference champion and was named athlete of the year his senior season.

Uhl is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also holds USATF Level II certification in the Jumps.

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