W&L NAMES MANDY KING HEAD WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike
Walsh has announced the appointment of Mandy King as head women's basketball
coach and assistant professor of physical education. King will begin her
duties effective May 1.
"We are extremely pleased to offer Mandy our women's
basketball position," said Walsh. "She was a very successful
Division III basketball player and has significant coaching experience
on the Division II and Division III levels. She is committed to athletic
excellence within the structure of a liberal arts education. We had a
very strong applicant pool and she emerged as the clear top choice for
King comes to Washington and Lee after serving as the assistant
women's basketball coach at Bloomsburg University for the past two seasons.
She also was a graduate assistant coach at the College of New Jersey for
two seasons following graduation from the University of Southern Maine
where she earned a bachelor of science in sports medicine in 1999.
"I'm very excited to be part of an institution that
strives to be outstanding both academically and athletically," said
King. "As soon as I saw the opening, I visited the campus and just
fell in love with the school. I believe that there is tremendous potential
to build a top-notch women's basketball program at W&L and I am eager
During her time at Bloomsburg, King helped the Huskies achieve
a 36-17 overall record and two berths to the Pennsylvania State Athletic
Conference Tournament. The 2001-02 squad finished the season 21-6 overall
and was ranked as high as second nationally in Division II. As assistant
coach, King served as recruiting coordinator and was responsible for on-court
coaching, scouting and game preparation.
At the College of New Jersey, King helped the Lions to a
New Jersey Athletic Conference title and a Division III "Elite 8"
appearance in 2001. King earned a master of arts in teaching/health education
from TCNJ in the spring of 2001.
As a player at Southern Maine, King was a four-year starter
at point guard serving as team captain her final two seasons. She helped
lead the team to three Little East Championships and three appearances
in the Division III "Sweet 16". As a senior, USM advanced to
the national championship game before falling to Washington (Mo.). She
received the National Comeback Athlete of the Year Award from Training
and Conditioning Magazine after suffering her second career threatening
knee injury in 1995.
"It is very exciting to have Mandy King take over the
women's basketball program," said Austin Calhoun, a senior captain
for the Generals in 2003. "I think that she will be an energetic
and enthusiastic addition to the W&L community."
"When we met her, it was very apparent that she was
the ideal choice to head up the program," said fellow senior captain
Elizabeth Igo. "I look forward to following her successes in the
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