Date: Aug. 22, 2000
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
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LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Mike Walsh has announced the hiring of five new assistant coaches, a new member of the athletic training staff, and a new assistant sports information director.

Joining the staff as assistant coaches are Justin Clark (Women's Tennis), Grant Farmer (Men's Basketball), Mason Miller (football), Brianne Smithson (Women's Soccer/Lacrosse), and Brian Suskiewicz (Men's Soccer). Shelby Quinn will serve as a graduate assistant trainer and Scott McGuinness joins the sports information department as assistant SID.

In addition to his duties as assistant women's tennis coach, Clark will also serve as the assistant director of the Duchossois Tennis Center. He comes to W&L after serving as the assistant men's tennis coach at North Carolina State University last season. During his time at NC State, the Wolfpack attained their first NCAA Tournament bid in 21 years and were ranked as high as 24th during the season. Clark has also served as an assistant men's and women's tennis coach at High Point University and has been an instructor at the Oscar Blacut Tennis Academy and the Treyburn Country Club in North Carolina. Clark is a 1996 graduate of Elon College where he was an All-South Atlantic tennis player. He helped the Fighting Christians win the conference championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament all four years.

Farmer is a 1998 graduate of Williams College where he served as an assistant men's basketball coach last season. He spent the 1998-99 season as an assistant at Mercer Island High School in his hometown of Mercer Island, Wash. As a player at Williams, Farmer was the starting point guard, helping lead the Ephs to NCAA Tournament berths all four seasons. He was a team captain as a senior.

Miller joins the W&L football staff as wide receiver and tight ends coach after serving as the offensive coordinator at the Valwood School in Georgia last season. Miller helped lead the team to the Georgia Single A State Championship. He has also served as an assistant coach at Lanier County High School and Valdosta State University. Miller graduated from Valdosta State in 1999 and was a member of two NCAA Division II Quarterfinalist squads as a player.

Smithson graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2000 and was a member of the women's soccer and lacrosse teams at the school. She captained the soccer team as a senior and was a two-time member of the Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic team. Smithson has served as a coach for numerous club teams and has worked several camps. She holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "D" license.

Suskiewicz comes to W&L from Thomas Jefferson High School where he served as a soccer coach from January of 2000. Suskiewicz lettered in soccer and swimming at Boston College, earning his bachelor's degree in 1998 and his master's degree in 2000. Suskiewicz helped lead the Eagles to the 1995 Big East Championship and was named All-New England following the 1997 season. He earned Academic All-Big East honors all four years and was a four-time recipient of the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Acheivement in soccer and swimming all four years.

Quinn comes to W&L from the University of North Carolina where she graduated in 2000 with a degree in exercise and sport science. Quinn served as a student assistant athletic trainer for the Tar Heels' men's lacrosse and gymnastics programs and worked several UNC sport camps during her four years at the school. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in education with a minor in athletic training from the University of Virginia.

McGuinness is a 2000 graduate of Shippensburg University where he served as the sports director of the student radio station and assisted in the sports information office. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for high school football contests broadcast on community access television in Western Pennsylvania.


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