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Date: August 14, 2006
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
Release: Upon Receipt

Six New Staff Members Join the Department

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Interim Director of Athletics Chuck O'Connell has announced the hiring of five new assistant coaches and a new assistant sports information director.

The additions to the staff as assistant coaches are Rachel Barr (Women's Lacrosse), Dan DesPlaines (Football), Jamie Gluck (Women's Soccer), Sean Grant (Men's Basketball) and Brian Smith (Baseball). Austin Calhoun joins the sports information department.

Barr signs on to the staff after recently graduating from Williams College where she was a four-year letterwinner in both lacrosse and ice hockey. During her lacrosse career, she was honored as a 2006 First Team All-American, a Second Team All-American in 2005 and was a two-time first team all-conference selection. Barr holds a degree in art history and studio art and worked in the Eph's athletic department as a work study for four years prior to graduating in 2006.

DesPlaines, a 2005 graduate of Trinity University of Texas, comes to Washington and Lee after serving as the running backs coach at Ithaca College during the 2005 season where he helped lead the Bombers to an 8-3 overall record, an Empire 8 Conference Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament. At Trinity, DesPlaines had a stellar playing career that included Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year accolades as a senior when he threw for 2,967 yards and 25 touchdowns. DesPlaines played on four NCAA Tournament teams at Trinity and made his first career start in the 2002 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

Gluck joins the W&L women's soccer staff after spending two seasons at Washington College as the assistant soccer coach and administrative assistant to the athletic department. Prior to her stint at Washington College, Gluck received her master of science in sport management from East Stroudsburg University, where she also served as the women's soccer graduate assistant. A 2003 graduate of Muhlenberg College, Gluck was a four-year letterwinner for the Mules, playing on the 2000 and 2001 Centennial Conference Championship teams.

Grant, a 2002 graduate of New York University, comes to Washington and Lee after two seasons as assistant men's basketball coach at Connecticut College. Before coaching at Conn. College, Grant spent two seasons as an assistant coach at NYU, while also teaching at the Ellen Lurie School in Manhattan. Grant was a four-year member of the men's basketball team at NYU and was honored as NYU's outstanding scholar-athlete in 2002.

Smith comes to W&L after coaching one season at Maryville College in Tennessee. Prior to joining the Maryville staff, he spent two seasons as the graduate assistant at Defiance College, while also earning his master of arts in education. A graduate of Tiffin University with a bachelor's degree in business management, Smith was a four-year letterwinner as a pitcher for the Dragons.

Calhoun, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee, returns to Lexington after spending two years at the University of Miami (Fla.) earning her master of science in education. While at Miami, Calhoun served as a research assistant for the School of Education and held an internship at the United States Olympic Committee and USA Water Polo in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the summer of 2005. Prior to pursuing her master's, Calhoun served as a Sports Information Intern at University of Delaware. At W&L, she was a two-year letterwinner in women's basketball, serving as a co-captain during the 2002-03 campaign.


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