June 7, 2013

Nate Hoey Resigns as Women's Track & Field Coach at W&L

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that Nate Hoey has resigned as head women’s track & field coach to accept the same position as Williams College.

“I want to congratulate Nate and wish him well as he moves into this next phase of his career,” said Hathorn.  “I can't thank Nate enough for all he has given to our students and to W&L. He has been an invaluable member of our department and University for the past 10 years and has built our women's track and field program into one of the best in the league and region. He brought his energy, passion and knowledge for track and, especially, for the students, to everything he did, which has been the hallmark of the growth of these teams and this program. This is a very bittersweet moment for us for we are at once happy for Nate and Kris, yet are heartbroken to see them leave. We are better for having worked and served beside them both. We wish their whole family all the best that life has to offer.”

Hoey served as the school’s director of running programs for his first eight years before assuming the coaching duties of the women’s track & field team two seasons ago.

“This is a bitter sweet moment as I am sad to leave W&L and the great people here,” said Nate Hoey.  “I want to thank Jan Hathorn, Mike Walsh & Chuck O’Connell for all their support and guidance over the last 11 years.  I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me and in helping us to develop the teams here at W&L. It’s been a tremendous experience. I also want to thank all the student-athletes -- past and present.  They have created so many memories for me and my family. It has been fantastic getting to know each and every one of them.”

Hoey helped guide the women’s track & field program to a league title during the 2009 indoor season, and he mentored four athletes to All-America honors.  Additionally, his athletes claimed individual conference titles 93 times over his 10 seasons, with 26 athletes qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships.  A total of 15 athletes earned the ODAC Athlete of the Meet Award, while 21 have been named ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their sport.  For his efforts, Hoey was recognized as the ODAC Coach of the Year three times, including during the 2013 ODAC outdoor season.  He was also named the NCAA South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA twice.

A national search for the head women’s track and field position will begin immediately.

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