Date: August 19, 1997
Contact: Brian Logue (540) 463-8676
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Former Hokie standout coached at Emory for seven years

LEXINGTON, Va. - Washington and Lee University has named Andrew Pulsifer as its new men's swimming coach. Pulsifer is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has seven years of collegiate coaching experience at Emory (Ga.) University. Pulsifer replaces Page Remillard who is now the Director of Athletics at Agnes Scott (Ga.) College.

Pulsifer, a native of Woodbridge, Va., was a four-year letterwinner in swimming at Virginia Tech and he served as a captain his junior and senior seasons for the Hokies. He still holds school records at Tech in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke events and was a qualifier for the U.S. Nationals in the 100 and 200 back and 200 individual medley. Pulsifer won the Outstanding Hokie Award his senior season.

Pulsifer graduated from Virginia Tech in 1988 with a degree in broadcast communications and then went to work for CNN in Atlanta. He joined the staff at Emory as a part-time assistant men's and women's swimming coach in 1989 and was elevated to full-time status the following year. He spent seven years coaching at Emory and helped the women's team to top 10 finishes at the NCAA Division III championships six times and helped the men's team to two top 12 finishes at the NCAA Division III championships.

After earning his master's degree from Georgia State in sports administration in 1996, he spent last year coaching for the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta where he was also in charge of over 125 master's competitors.

This summer Pulsifer set a world record in the 800 meter freestyle relay at the U.S. Master's Swimming Long Course National Championships in Orlando, Florida. He has won five national championships in master's competition.


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