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Date: July 6, 2005
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
Release: Upon Receipt

Six-Year Mentor to Spend More Time With Family

Carolyn Hedrick-Williams

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike Walsh has announced that Carolyn Hedrick-Williams has resigned her part time position as equestrian coach to spent more time with her family.

"Carolyn has done a superb job in overseeing our equestrian program," said Walsh. "Our team has improved steadily under her leadership and our riders have enjoyed their experience in representing Washington and Lee. We thank Carolyn for all of her hard work on behalf of W&L and wish her well as she pursues family interests."

"I have enjoyed coaching and developing the W&L IHSA riding team for the past five and a half years, but as my children get older, my family's needs must come first," stated Hedrick-Williams. "This was an extremely difficult decision to make, walking away from a team I am so proud of before what I feel could be our best season yet. I will continue to support the team in every way possible and my home will always remain open to the women and all of our IHSA alums."

Hedrick-Williams was hired in the fall of 1999 as the riding program moved from club to varsity status. Over the past six seasons she has helped transform the Generals into one of the region's top programs, finishing the 2005 campaign as the third ranked team in Zone IV, Region II.

During her tenure, Hedrick-Williams guided 14 riders to the regional and zonal competitions with four, Staunton Binsted, Caitlin Lane, Natalia Maxwell and Sarah Michaels, advancing to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships. Lane finished third in the open flat at the 2005 championships.

Prior to taking over at W&L, Hedrick-Williams was a member of the riding staff at Southern Seminary College for a total of 11 years. During that time, Sem posted seven IHSA National Championships and had numerous IHSA National individual winners.

A search for Hedrick-Williams' replacement will begin immediately.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676