From the Athletic Director

by

Jan Hathorn

Jan Hathorn

By: Jan Hathorn
W&L Athletic Director

So, this is my first ever blog entry and I have to admit, it’s harder than I thought it would be. I don’t read blogs so I’m not sure what’s “normal” but I’m excited about this opportunity to share my thoughts, observations, memories, impressions, feelings about W&L athletics with you.  If you’re reading this, thanks for taking time out of your day to check this out.

This is one of my favorite times of the year at W&L – pre-season practices are in full swing for the fall sports teams, the first-year students are beginning to appear on campus, the weather is beginning to forecast the end of summer and the start of fall, and the promise of another successful fall athletic season is just around the bend. I can’t wait to see our fall teams in action, and after reading Brian’s blogs from last week, highlighting all of his favorite memories of our fall sports, I’m even more excited to see our teams play and create more memorable moments for us all.

Football had it’s first game on Saturday against Franklin and Marshall, and it was a competitive game.  We wound up on the losing end of a close one, 29-27, but our players played  hard and got better throughout the course of the game.  The team was well prepared and ready to play, which always seems like a minor miracle to me, in the first game, since it’s so hard to replicate a real game during pre-season practice.  I’m looking forward to the game this Saturday against Sewanee and to another competitive game against a great rival.

We’ll also be hosting several big games this weekend: field hockey vs. regional foe and perennial power Johns Hopkins, as well as McDaniel College; women’s volleyball  opens with two of the best teams in the country, Juniata and Emory, as well as perennial regional foe Christopher Newport; and men’s and women’s cross country in their annual opening invitational on the Dick Miller Cross Country course. I can’t wait to see how the Generals fare against some of the best in the first games of the season!

Men’s and women’s soccer will be on the road this weekend – the women at a tournament at Methodist College and the men at a tournament at Sewanee.  It’s always tough to open on the road but both teams are up for the challenge.

It’s also our Hall of Fame weekend, which means we’ll be celebrating the athletic accomplishments of four W&L’s finest.  It’s always a special occasion that highlights what’s best about W&L and athletics – the top-notch people.  I look forward to a fun evening of renewing old acquaintances and honoring the outstanding achievements of our alums.

So, here’s to a great opening weekend.  Good luck to everyone and Go Generals!

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