W&L NAMES NEW ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ASSISTANTS
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics
Mike Walsh has announced the hiring of five new assistant coaches and
a new assistant sports information director.
Joining the staff as assistant coaches are Ray Costa (Volleyball),
Andrew Delaney (Men's Lacrosse), Linda Jack (Field Hockey/Lacrosse), T.J.
Kohler (Football) and Michael Piranian (Men's Soccer). Additionally,
Chris Hodgson will serve as assistant sports information director.
Costa joins the volleyball staff after serving as the varsity
women's volleyball manager and president, captain and coach of the club
men's volleyball team at York College of Pennsylvania. A 2004 graduate
of York with a bachelor of science in secondary education, Costa has also
been a volunteer assistant coach at Eastern York Middle School and served
as a counselor and supervisor of the Summer Camp at Stony Brook University.
Delaney comes to W&L after a year as the assistant lacrosse
coach and assistant dean of students at the Western Reserve Academy in
Hudson, Ohio. A 2003 graduate of Franklin & Marshall with a
bachelor of arts degree in special studies, Delaney was a four-year letterwinner
for the Diplomats' lacrosse team. Delaney has served as assistant
director of the Dave Brothers New Jersey All-Star Lacrosse Camp and has
been a camp counselor for the Rising Star 160 and Advantage Lacrosse Camps.
Jack joins the W&L field hockey and women's lacrosse
staffs after a one-year stint as the head junior varsity field hockey
coach at South River High School in Maryland. She was also an official
for the Anne Arundel County Field Hockey Association. A 2003 graduate
of Lynchburg College with a bachelor of science degree in environmental
science, Jack was a four-year letterwinner for both the LC field hockey
and lacrosse teams. She was a three-time All-ODAC and two-time All-America
selection in field hockey and a three-time All-ODAC honoree in lacrosse.
Kohler comes to W&L after serving as the offensive coordinator,
assistant athletic director and assistant baseball coach at Fairbanks
High School in Ohio during the 2003 season. Additionally, Kohler
was an assistant football coach, assistant baseball coach and strength
and conditioning coordinator at Kenyon College for two seasons and held
assistant coaching stints at Marion Elgin and Marion Catholic High Schools
in Ohio. Kohler is a 1998 graduate of the Ohio State University
with a bachelor of science degree in sociology education and an associate
of arts degree in sports management.
Piranian joins the soccer staff after working with the Capital
Area Soccer League and Club Med as a field manger and sports director.
Piranian, son of Head Men's Soccer Coach Rolf Piranian, graduated
from Virginia Tech in 2002 with a bachelor of science in housing, interior
design and resource management and a minor in business. A four-year
letterwinner for the Hokie Men's Soccer Team, Piranian has also been an
assistant soccer coach at Christiansburg High School (2001) and has been
an Under-13 coach with the New River Soccer Association.
Hodgson comes to W&L from SUNY-New Paltz, where he was the sports information intern during the 2003-04 school year. He has also been an SID intern at Mt. St. Vincent College (2002-03), was an SID student assistant at Old Dominion University (2001-02), and was the ice hockey/media relations and compliance fellow with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (2000-01). Hodgson holds a bachelor of science degree in health science with a minor in psychology from Lock Haven University (1999) and a master of science degree in physical education/sport management from Old Dominion (2003).
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Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450