Date: December 12, 2000
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
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LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike Walsh has announced that head women's cross country coach Emily Pulsifer has resigned to spend more time with her children, Liam and Zachary.

"I am really going to miss it, but right now I know that my priorities must be with my children," said Pulsifer. "I really enjoyed working with the athletes and everyone in the athletic department. I want to thank them for all their help during my three years. The team was been like another family for me and I look forward to following their careers from the sidelines."

"Emily Pulsifer has been a perfect coach, mentor and role model for our women's cross country runners and track athletes," said Walsh. "Under her guidance, W&L runners have achieved their full potential as athletes and have grown as individuals. She will be missed."

Pulsifer, who is married to W&L men's swimming coach Andrew Pulsifer, took over the women's cross country program in 1998 and has seen nothing but success.

She has guided the Generals to two consecutive ODAC titles (1999, 2000) after leading W&L to a second place conference finish during the 1998 season. Her 2000 squad also placed 5th of 21 teams at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional.

During her tenure, W&L harriers have earned All-ODAC honors 11 times, All-State honors six times and All-South/Southeast Region honors four times. This fall, she coached sophomore Burke Duncan to the NCAA Division III National Championship meet, the first women's cross country runner from W&L to participate in the national meet since 1995.

Pulsifer came to W&L in the spring of 1998 after serving as the head cross country coach at Paideia School in Atlanta, Ga., during the Fall of 1996.

A search for Pulsifer's replacement will begin immediately.


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