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Kris Hoey is in her fourth season as head women's cross country and assistant track coach at Washington and Lee.

Hoey's first season resulted in the Generals finishing third at the ODAC Championships and 10th at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional. Additionally, she guided freshman Jenny Ratzel to All-ODAC honors with an eighth place finish at the ODAC Championship meet.

In her second season, Hoey guided the Generals to the ODAC Championship and was named the ODAC Coach of the Year. Additionally, she tutored freshman Lindsay Erickson to ODAC Runner and Rookie of the Year honors after she won the ODAC meet. Erickson also finished third at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships and qualified for the NCAA Nationals, the first W&L runner to do so since the 2000 season.

Last season, Hoey again led W&L to the ODAC Championship and a fourth place finish at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships. Additionally, she again mentored a W&L freshman, Jackie Burns, to ODAC Rookie and Runner of the Year accolades. Burns won the ODAC Championship and finished 11th overall at the NCAA Regional meet. Hoey was again honored as ODAC Coach of the Year for her efforts.

Hoey came to W&L from Rockbridge County High School where she was the head boys cross country coach for one season. During that time she also served as a volunteer assistant track coach at VMI, working with the steeplechasers, middle distance and distance runners.

At Rockbridge County, Hoey led the Wildcats to a runner-up finish at the AA Virginia Boys State Championship and guided John Crews to the individual district, region and state championship and a 13th place finish at the 2003 Junior National Cross Country Championships.

Prior to arriving in the Shenandoah Valley, Hoey, the wife of W&L Director of Track and Field and Running Programs, Nate Hoey, served as the interim head cross country and track and field coach at West Chester University during the 2001-02 season and was the assistant coach at WCU from 1998-01.

During her one season as head coach at WCU, she helped mentor one All-American, three Academic All-Americans, two national qualifiers, four conference champions, 22 all-conference athletes while helping her athletes set four new school records. Her men's and women's cross country teams were named to the National All-Academic team.

A 1998 graduate of West Chester with a bachelor of science in health and physical education, Hoey was a four-year letterwinner for both the cross country and track and field programs. She was twice named the cross country team MVP and served as team captain during her senior season when she earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors. In track and field, Hoey was twice named All-ECAC and garnered All-PSAC recognition as a senior.

Active in the sport, Hoey competed in the steeplechase at the 2001 USA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships and was the Olympic Development Steeplechase Champion at the 2001 Penn Relays, setting a meet record. In addition, Hoey placed 11th at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. She is a USA Track and Field Level I and Level II Certified Coach.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
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Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-8670