LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that Mandy King has resigned as head women's basketball coach effective immediately in order to assume the same position at Kean University in New Jersey.
"I want to thank Athletic Directors Mike Walsh and Jan Hathorn for giving me the opportunity to pursue my passion and coach a sport I love at one of the best academic institutions in the nation," said King. "Because of their guidance and support we were able to build W&L basketball into something very special."
King added "It is very emotional to leave my players at W&L, but Kean University provides a unique opportunity to lead a nationally-competitive women's basketball program and a chance to return home to the northeast."
In her nine seasons in Lexington, King transformed the W&L women's basketball program into a consistent winner. The all-time wins leader with a 123-116 (.515) overall record, her teams produced five winning seasons in nine years, three more than the program's first 10 years prior to her arrival.
"I want to thank Mandy for her dedicated service to the women's basketball program, the students and the University," said Hathorn. "When Mandy was hired nine years ago, Washington and Lee was in search of a coach who would have the dedication, passion and commitment to turn around a struggling women's basketball program, and Mandy did that and more. She will leave W&L with the distinction of being the program's winningest coach and having transformed it into a highly-respected league and regional contender. We are sorry to see her leave, yet we couldn't be more thankful for all she has given and accomplished on W&L's behalf. We wish Mandy only the best as she moves into the next phase of her career."
King's teams qualified for the ODAC Tournament every season and they finished with a winning record in each of her final four seasons. The 2010 team finished 18-10 overall and won the ODAC Tournament title for the first time in program history, advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Her 2011 squad set a new school record for wins in a season, finishing 19-8 overall and 14-6 in conference play.
W&L's players earned All-ODAC honors 17 times under King's tutelage, including Becca Bolton '12, who was twice recognized as the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was named a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American following the 2010 season. All told, King coached five of the program's top six all-time leading scorers, each finishing with better than 1,300 career points.
"It was an honor to work with my players at Washington and Lee University over the past nine years," said King. "I am proud of the way they competed on the court and in the classroom. They are an extraordinary group of young women and due to their hard work and dedication the program will continue to be successful."
King arrived at W&L in 2003 after serving as the assistant women's basketball coach at Bloomsburg University for two seasons. She also was a graduate assistant coach at the College of New Jersey for two seasons following graduation from the University of Southern Maine where she earned a bachelor of science in sports medicine in 1998.
Washington and Lee finished the 2012 season with a 14-13 overall record, advancing to the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament before falling to top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan, 60-58.
Current Assistant Coach Christine Clancy will oversee the program while a national search for King's replacement begins immediately.