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Date: October 23, 2002
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
Release: Upon Receipt


LEXINGTON, Va. -- Andrew Pulsifer, head men's swimming coach at Washington and Lee University since 1997, has resigned for personal reasons related to his health.

"It is with great sadness that I leave this outstanding swimming team," said Pulsifer. "I have the highest regard for this exceptional group of young men and trust that they will continue to strive for personal excellence. I wish to thank Washington and Lee University for the opportunity to work with such outstanding young men."

Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Mike Walsh said "We have accepted Andrew Pulsifer's resignation and would like to thank Andrew for his effort and good coaching over the last five seasons."

During his tenure at Washington and Lee, Pulsifer continued the 28-year streak of sending at least one person to the NCAA National Championships. Under Pulsifer's direction, six Generals swam NCAA qualifying times with three of them earning All-America honors. The men have broken five varsity records and had four swimmers earn Academic All-America honors, including one who earned the GTE Academic All-America award. The men’s team’s cumulative grade-point average has also earned the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s award of All-America for four of the five years.

Washington and Lee Director of Aquatics and Head Women's Swimming Coach Kiki Jacobs will assume the head coaching duties for the men's squad for the 2002-03 season and a search for an assistant swimming coach will begin immediately.

A national search for a head men's swimming coach will begin following the season and the University plans to have a permanent successor to Pulsifer for the 2003-04 school year.


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