Washington and Lee Announces Assistant Coaching Hires

Headshots of Sarah Assante, Emma Olson and Noelani Schulmeyer

LEXINGTON, Va. — Washington and Lee Michael F. Walsh Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the appointment of Sarah Assante, Emma Olson and Noelani Schulmeyer as staff members within the athletic department.

Assante will serve as the assistant women's basketball coach, Olson will be the assistant volleyball coach and Schulmeyer will serve as an assistant field hockey coach.

Assante comes to Lexington after spending the previous two seasons as the assistant coach for the Regis College women's basketball team, while serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach during her second season. Assante also served as an assistant coach for the Southern Maine Community College women's basketball team during the 2016-17 season.

A 2015 graduate of Saint Joseph's College (Maine), Assante was a four-year member of the women's basketball team and served as a team captain for her final two seasons. She played in 82 games in her career and helped the team to a 75-35 overall record, with a 37-11 mark in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).

Olson comes to W&L from Mary Washington where she served as the assistant coach in 2018. She was named the interim head coach at the university in February 2019 and held that role for three months. Also in 2018, Olson was the head coach at the CORE Volleyball Club in Fredericksburg. In 2017-18, she was the head coach for the U-14 Virginia Juniors Volleyball Club in Centreville, Va., and she served as an assistant for the U-17 team. 

Olson graduated from Mary Washington in 2017 with a bachelor of science in history. As a player, Olson was the first All-American in program history and led the Eagles to the 2016 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

A 2017 graduate of Washington and Lee, Schulmeyer spent the fall of 2018 as a field hockey coach with the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. Immediately following her graduation from W&L, Schulmeyer worked in the film industry in Los Angeles.

Schulmeyer was a four-year letterwinner for the Generals, earning a bachelor of arts in English. For the Blue and White, she was the ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2013 and a Third Team All-ODAC selection in 2016.

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