LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike Walsh has
announced the appointment of Neil Cunningham as head women's soccer
coach. Cunningham begins his duties immediately.
"It is very exciting to be given the opportunity to take a program
which has seen such remarkable success in the past," said Cunningham.
"To be able to come to a school like Washington and Lee and help
to build upon that success is great."
"It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of
Neil Cunningham as our women's soccer coach," said Walsh. "Neil
has proven himself to be a successful coach at the highest level of
Division III soccer. We are excited to have someone of Neil's proven
ability to lead our women's soccer program, a program that has been
skillfully directed by Jan Hathorn for the past 14 years. He has been
a highly accomplished coach at Savannah College of Art & Design
and we look forward to Neil imprinting our program with his enthusiasm,
his knowledge and his passion for soccer."
Cunningham comes to Washington and Lee after serving as the head men's
and women's soccer coach at Savannah A&D for six years.
At SCAD, Cunningham led the women's soccer program to a 62-29-5 overall
record, taking each of his last two teams to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
His 2000 squad was ranked as high as 21st nationally and finished the
season ranked fourth in the NCAA South Region. His men's teams at Savannah
A&D went 39-34-2 overall over five seasons.
Cunningham is a member of the NCAA South Region Soccer Committee and
has worked with several youth soccer camps, including the NOGA Soccer
Company and the Georgia State Soccer Association.
Prior to his time at Savannah A&D, Cunningham served with the Olympic
Development Program (ODP) for one year, coaching the Long Island, N.Y.,
15-year old boys team.
A native of England, Cunningham taught physical education at the St.
James School in Bolton, England from 1992-94 and coached London's Brentford
Football Club from 1988-92.
Cunningham earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from the
West London Institute of Higher Education and is pursuing a master's
degree in sport leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. He
holds a U.S. Soccer Federation License and a NSCAA Advanced National
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