CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Washington College Director of Athletics Dr. Bryan Matthews has announced the promotion of Jamie Leventry to head volleyball coach, effective July 1st. Leventry has served as the school's associate head volleyball coach since last summer and will take over the reins of the program from Lacey Lister, who has served as both head volleyball and head softball coach since January 2009. Lister will remain at the school as head softball coach.
"We are excited to announce that Jamie Leventry will be our new head volleyball coach," noted Matthews. "After a strong national search, Jamie evolved as the person to take our volleyball program to the next level. He has done an outstanding job as associate head coach and has proven his ability to teach, mentor, and coach - as well as recruit - top student-athletes."
As associate head coach of the Shorewomen during the 2012 season, Leventry handled the majority of the day-to-day strategic duties of the program, as well as recruiting, and helped guide the Shorewomen to a 12-15 overall record. Washington went 4-6 in Centennial Conference play in 2012, its best conference mark since 1994, and defeated perennial conference power Gettysburg College for the first time since 1977. Freshman Kristin Lee was named to the All-Centennial Conference second team following the season.
"I'd like to thank the athletic administration team for this great opportunity," remarked Leventry. "I'm very excited to be the head volleyball coach at Washington College. I look forward to guiding the volleyball team to new heights, both within the Centennial Conference and nationally."
Leventry has an extensive background in collegiate, high school, and club coaching. Prior to arriving at Washington College, he had most recently served as an assistant volleyball coach at Goucher College during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. His duties included recruiting as well as developing the team's setters and defensive specialists. During his time at Goucher, he recruited and trained two All-Landmark Conference players.
From 2005 to 2009, Leventry put together an impressive run as head volleyball coach at Severna Park High School, compiling a win-loss record of 57-13 and winning Anne Arundel County Championships in 2007 and 2009. Under his guidance, two Severna Park players earned Anne Arundel County Player of the Year honors and several others received All-Metro and All-County recognition.
Since 2003, Leventry has also served as a head coach for Bay Area Volleyball Academy (BAVA), a youth volleyball club in Anne Arundel County. Leventry has coached teams in four age groups, from 15 to 18, for BAVA. His teams have won numerous volleyball tournaments within the region.
Many of Leventry's student-athletes at both Severna Park and BAVA have gone on to play collegiate volleyball in all three NCAA Divisions.
Leventry earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Towson University in 2006. He will be the Washington College volleyball program's eighth head coach since its inaugural season of 1976.
Lister leaves the volleyball program with a record of 49-62 over five seasons. Her 49 wins are the third-most in program history and her .441 winning percentage is the second-highest in program history. Her transition to coaching softball only - a sport in which she is the two-time reigning Centennial Conference Coach of the Year - is the second part of a two-year plan to add two full-time coaching positions in the Washington College Athletic Department. Last July, Kanute Drugan was hired as head women's soccer coach while Julika Blankenship, who had coached both the women's soccer and women's lacrosse teams, stayed on as head women's lacrosse coach.