W&L NAMES KRIS HOEY HEAD WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike
Walsh has announced the appointment of Kris Hoey as head women's cross
country coach, associate head coach of track and field, and assistant
professor of physical education. Hoey begins her duties immediately.
"I am very excited to be taking over a cross country
program with such a strong foundation," said Hoey. "With a number
of excellent returning runners combined with some very talented incoming
freshmen, I am thrilled and eager to begin. I wish to continue building
on the foundation which has been laid and help take both the women's cross
country and track and field programs to the next level."
"We are very pleased to have someone of Kris' caliber
to coach our women's cross country and track and field athletes,"
said Walsh. "She is a highly accomplished track athlete in her own
right, as well as a proven, successful coach."
Hoey, the wife of W&L Director of Track and Field and
Running Programs, Nate Hoey, begins her appointment already claiming a
distinguished career as a athlete and coach. She served as the interim
head cross country and track and field coach at West Chester University
during the 2001-02 season and was the assistant coach at WCU from 1998-01.
During her one season as head coach, she helped mentor one All-American,
three Academic All-Americans, two national qualifiers, four conference
champions, 22 all-conference athletes while helping her athletes set four
new school records. Her men's and women's cross country teams were named
to the National All-Academic team.
Last season, Hoey served as the head boys cross country
coach at Rockbridge County High School and as a volunteer assistant track
coach at VMI where she worked with the steeplechasers, middle distance
and distance runners. At RCHS, Hoey led the Wildcats to a runner-up finish
at the AA Virginia Boys State Championship and guided John Crews to the
individual district, region and state championship and a 13th place finish
at the 2003 Junior National Cross Country Championships.
A 1998 graduate of West Chester with a bachelor of science
in health and physical education, Hoey was a four-year letterwinner for
both the cross country and track and field programs. She was twice named
the cross country team MVP and served as team captain during her senior
season when she earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors.
In track and field, Hoey was twice named All-ECAC and garnered All-PSAC
recognition as a senior.
Active in the sport, Hoey competed in the steeplechase at
the 2001 USA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships and was the
Olympic Development Steeplechase Champion at the 2001 Penn Relays, setting
a meet record. In addition, Hoey placed 11th at the 2000 U.S. Olympic
Trials. She is a USA Track and Field Level I and Level II Certified Coach.
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