W&L Promotes Christine Clancy to Head Women's Hoops Coach

W&L Promotes Christine Clancy to Head Women's Hoops Coach

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that following a national search, Christine Clancy has been promoted to head women's basketball coach and assistant professor of physical education.

"It is with pleasure and enthusiasm that I welcome Christine to become an assistant professor of physical education and the next head coach of women's basketball," said Hathorn.  "Christine brings to our program a commitment to the student-athletes and their growth as players and people, a passion for coaching and for basketball, and an understanding of how athletics fits into the overall mission of Washington and Lee.  She has a proven track record of success at the Division III level, and she has demonstrated her abilities as an educator and motivator of young women through her experiences. Most importantly, Christine believes in teaching our students about responsibility, leadership and the value of hard work, which is what makes this the right fit for Washington and Lee and the women's basketball program at this important time in its short history.  I have full confidence in Christine's ability to lead this program into the future, with its tradition of success on and off the court. I look forward to serving alongside Christine well into the future."

Clancy earned the head coaching position after one season as an assistant coach with the Generals, helping lead W&L to a 14-13 overall record and an 11-9 record in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play during the 2011-12 season.

"Over the past year I have had the privilege of working with and getting to know the exceptional faculty, staff, and students at Washington and Lee University and I could not be more excited to be taking over the W&L women’s basketball program," said Clancy.  "I am very grateful to Jan Hathorn and the members of the search committee for entrusting me with this position and I look forward to the opportunity to build upon the winning tradition of the women’s basketball program and to join the ranks of the distinguished W&L faculty."

The Generals earned the No. 5 seed for the ODAC Tournament this winter, advancing to the semifinals before falling to top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan, 60-58.  With her assistance, W&L claimed three all-conference selections and Becca Bolton '12 was named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Prior to arriving in Lexington, Clancy spent three seasons at Colby College, serving as an assistant coach for two years before taking over as interim head coach for the 2010-11 season. After going 13-11 in her first season as an assistant, she helped lead the White Mules to a program record for wins (24-5) and the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history in 2009-10.  Clancy then took over on an interim basis in her third year, guiding Colby to a 22-6 overall record and a second NCAA Tournament berth, advancing to the second round before falling to William Patterson, 58-53.

Clancy's coaching experience also includes two seasons (2006-08) as an assistant coach at Smith College, where she earned a master of science degree in sports and exercise studies.  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.