LAFAVE RESIGNS AS MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH AT W&L
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Athletic Director Mike
Walsh has announced that Jeff Lafave, the University's head men's basketball
coach for the past four years, has resigned effective July 11 to accept
an assistant coaching position at College of the Holy Cross.
"It was not without a lot of thought that I have reached
this decision," said Lafave. "Taking advantage of a career opportunity
like this was something that I could not pass up. Having the chance to
work under a respected and successful head coach like Ralph Willard and
be part of a winning program like Holy Cross is exciting. This decision
was not easy because I feel that the future of the program at Washington
and Lee is very bright. I am respectful of the opportunity that W&L
has given me to be a head coach and I will miss working with the fine
student-athletes that represent the school. I wish W&L and the basketball
program nothing but the best in the future."
"We thank Jeff for his five years of coaching at Washington
and Lee," said Walsh. "He has done a good job in laying the
ground work for a successful program. We were very much looking forward
to this upcoming season when Jeff's first recruited class will play its
junior year and we are making progress towards our goal of finishing in
the top four of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference on a consistent basis.
We wish Jeff well as he returns to his native New England and has the
opportunity to learn from an experienced, proven head coach like Ralph
Lafave came to Washington and Lee in July of 1998 as an
assistant coach and served in that capacity for the 1998-99 season. He
took over as interim head coach for the 1999-2000 season and was hired
as the full-time head coach following the season.
In four seasons as head coach, Lafave's teams posted a 28-71
(.283) overall record, advancing to the ODAC Tournament three seasons.
His 1999-2000 squad posted a 9-16 overall record, advancing to the ODAC
Tournament Semifinals before falling to eventual champion Roanoke, 66-60.
The opening round win over Bridgewater was W&L's first ODAC Tournament
win in 10 years. Three times a W&L player earned All-ODAC honors under
Prior to arriving at W&L, Lafave spent three seasons
as an assistant coach at Williams College, leading the Ephs to two NCAA
Division III Final Four appearances and one Sweet 16 showing. His resume
also includes five seasons as an assistant coach at Lenox Memorial High
W&L will immediately begin its search for Lafave's replacement
with hopes of having a full-time permanent head coach hired as soon as
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