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Date: July 15, 2002
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
Release: Upon Receipt

Two-Year Mentor To Pursue Other Coaching Opportunities

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Athletic Director Mike Walsh has announced that Janet Hollack, the University's head women's basketball coach for the past two seasons, has resigned to pursue coaching opportunities at the Division I or Division II level.

"My main goal at W&L was to establish a more competitive environment with the women's basketball program and I believe we did accomplish that," said Hollack. "We had more competitive practices and games. We competed well within the ODAC, defeating a number of different league opponents, and held our own with some of the top teams nationally. I want to thank Mike Walsh for the opportunity to coach and teach at Washington and Lee and I look forward to pursuing and continuing my coaching career at a higher level."

Hollack posted a 20-30 (.400) overall record during her two seasons in Lexington. The Generals went 15-25 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play during that same span, qualifying for the ODAC Tournament during the 2001-02 season.

She greatly aided in player development as evidenced by forward Jessica Mentz and center Megan Babst, who graduated as the program's top two scorers and rebounders of all-time. Mentz, a two-time First Team All-ODAC selection, was named the Virginia and ODAC Player of the Year, while Babst earned Second Team All-ODAC honors following the 2001-02 season.

"Janet Hollack has elevated the skill level of our women's basketball program during her time in Lexington," said Walsh. "This improvement was best exemplified by two Washington and Lee players being named to the All-ODAC teams. She has been a good colleague, coach and teacher for our students and athletes. I wish her the best of luck and support her decision to pursue other coaching opportunities."

Hollack came to Washington and Lee following seven seasons as the associate head coach at Brown University. During her time at Brown, the Bears advanced to the 1992 National Invitation Tournament and won the 1994 Ivy League title, receiving the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Hollack has also held coaching positions at Truman State University, Florida International University, Missouri Western State College and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

A national search for Hollack's successor will begin immediately.



Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-8670