Nate Hoey is in his tenth year with the athletic staff at Washington and Lee University. He currently serves as the head coach for the women’s track and field program and as an assistant coach with the women’s cross country program.
2012 brought a strong campaign for the young Generals team. The season was highlighted by a second place finish at the indoor championships (just 18.5 points out of the title). The team had four ODAC Champions crowned (mile, 400m hurdles, indoor and outdoor pole vault). W&L garnered 31 All-ODAC performances and 12 new school records were etched into the books. First-year Janay Fugate set a new ODAC Championship meet record in the 400m hurdles.
During his first eight years with the University, Hoey served as the director of running programs and head men’s and women’s track & field coach. In this role, he took a program that was finishing in the bottom of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and proceeded to lift the Generals’ running programs to new heights with both programs becoming consistent conference contenders and sending numerous individuals on to the NCAA National Championships and earning All-American Honors.
Hoey guided the women’s team to an Old Dominion Athletic Conference Indoor Championship title in 2009 and, in 2010, the W&L men’s track & field team finished second overall at the conference championships in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, the program’s best finishes in better than 15 years.
Individually, Hoey’s athletes have excelled, breaking school records a total of 192 times (16 conference records as well), while 207 athletes have received all-conference recognition for their performances. He has also coached W&L athletes to 85 conference championships, while his athletes have qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships a total of 25 times. Additionally, 14 of his athletes have been named the ODAC Athlete of the Year, while eight have been named the ODAC Rookie of the Year in their sport.
Hoey has also mentored his athletes to All-America honors four times, two in the heptathlon (Stacy Doornbos), one in the pentathlon (Stacy Doornbos) and one in the 5,000 meters (Jessica Shaw).
Hoey’s athletes have also excelled in the classroom, with a grand total of 199 students earning W&L Scholar-Athlete honors for achieving a 3.5 GPA or better in a term during the school year. Additionally, 28 athletes have been named to the USTFCCA Academic All-America teams and 19 times Hoey’s athletes have been named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Three athletes have also received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
For his efforts, Hoey has twice been named the ODAC Coach of the Year (2008 & 2009). He was also honored as the NCAA South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year by the USTFCCA twice – for the women’s indoor season in 2009 and again for the men’s indoor season in 2011.
Prior to his appointment at W&L, Hoey served as the assistant cross country and track and field coach at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He was responsible for the development of the men's and women's sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers. In two seasons at the NCAA Division II school, he guided athletes to one All-America and 18 All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Awards. His commitment to academic excellence was demonstrated when the WCU Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams earned National All-Academic Team recognition in 2001.
Hoey is a 2000 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in exercise and sport science. While at SRU he was a 13-time All-Conference track and field athlete, three-time conference champion, was twice named PSAC Athlete of the Year, and was a PSAC record holder.
Hoey is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, holds the Club Coach Certification from USA Weightlifting, is a USA Track & Field Level III Certified coach in the combined events and is a Level II Certified Coach in the jumps, sprints, hurdles and relays. He is also certified through the Pole Vault Safety Certification Board, and is a certified Spring, Hurdle & Relay Event Specialist through the USTFCCCA.
Hoey holds the rank of associate professor of physical education at the University. He is married to Assistant Women’s Track & Field Coach and Head Women's Cross Country Coach Kris Hoey. The couple reside in Rockbridge County with their daughter, Chase Maya.