Washington and Lee University has named Emily Pulsifer as its head women's cross country and assistant track and field coach. Pulsifer replaces Jim Phemister who resigned in late March to devote more time to his full-time job as a law professor at the school. Pulsifer had been filling in for Phemister on an interim basis.
Pulsifer is a 1996 graduate of Emory University where she majored in history. Pulsifer lettered two years in cross country and track and served as the cross country captain her senior year. Pulsifer helped the Eagles to consecutive NCAA regional championships in cross country and appearances in the NCAA Division III championships both years. In track and field she was the University Athletic Association champion in the 10,000 meter run her senior year and set a school record in the event.
"Emily stepped in for Coach Phemister in indoor and outdoor track and did a tremendous job," said Director of Athletics Mike Walsh. "We're fortunate to have someone with her ability and accomplishments ready to take on the head coaching responsibilities and are very pleased to offer her this opportunity."
"I'm looking forward to it very much," said Pulsifer who served as the head cross country coach at the Paideia School in Atlanta following her graduation from Emory. "I have big shoes to fill as Coach Phemister was a huge asset to the cross country and track programs. I hope to do a good job."
Pulsifer's husband, Andrew, is the head men's swimming coach at W&L and they have a son, Liam.