College notebook: Emerson leaving Ephs for Sewanee

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There will be a new assistant coach on Kevin App's bench at Williams College next winter.

Coming off of the Ephs' run to the NCAA Division III Final Four, Brian Emerson has left his job as an assistant at Williams. He will be joining another former Eph assistant, Mick Hedgepeth, at Sewanee.

Hedgepeth, who spent two years working for App at Williams, was named Bradley Pierson's assistant at Sewanee (The University of the South) last year. Pierson resigned at the end of the 2016-17 season to become the head basketball coach at the Darlington School, a prep school in Rome, Ga., which happens to be Pierson's alma mater.

Hedgepeth and Emerson worked together for two seasons under App at Williams. This year, Emerson was part of a staff that helped guide the Ephs to a 23-9 record and a berth in the Final Four at Salem, Va. Williams lost to Augustana (Ill.) in a national semifinal game.

"Through his experience at Williams and MIT, he is well-versed to the model of Division III athletics and all that it represents," Hedgepeth said in a statement from Sewanee. "After working with Brian for two years at Williams, I saw first-hand the contribution he made to the basketball program as well as the surrounding community."

Prior to his three years working with App, the Williams graduate worked at MIT. Emerson played for four years under former Eph head coach Mike Maker, and went to a pair of Final Fours as a player.

App now has to find a second assistant to join Justin Bradley on the Williams bench. Bradley just finished his first season at Williams.

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Chris Mason retired as the women's lacrosse coach at Williams this spring, spending 33 years at the helm. Her position has been filled by Alice Lee.

Lee will assume her first head coaching job at Williams. The Central Connecticut State graduate comes to Williams after two years as an assistant coach at Middlebury and four years before that at Amherst.

"I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Chris Mason," Lee said in a release. "Chris has done an outstanding job of creating a highly competitive program, along with developing the many talented athletes who have [worn] the purple and gold. I am excited to continue building upon that solid foundation and to connect with the Williams women's lacrosse family."

At Middlebury, Lee helped guide a team that won the 2016 NCAA Division III title. That year, she was named the national D-III assistant coach of the year.

As an assistant at Amherst, the Mammoths reached the Final Four in 2014, and went to the 2012 Sweet 16.

Mason picked up her 300th career win on March 6, when the Ephs beat RPI 13-7.

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Mark Raymond has his second Williams football staff put together now, as Dan Wodicka will be the wide receivers and tight ends coach.

Wodicka, who played at Johns Hopkins, comes to Williams from Division II Northern Michigan, where he was the running backs coach and video coordinator.

Before coaching at Northern Michigan, Wodicka worked at his alma mater from 2014-16.

As a player at Johns Hopkins, he was a three-time All-Centennial Conference pick. Wodicka was named to the D3football.com All-South Team in 2011.

Wodicka will join Raymond on the Williams sideline when the Ephs begin their regular season on Sept. 16, at home against Bowdoin. This is the first year of a new NESCAC policy where conference football teams will all play each other.

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Williams men's crew coach Peter Wells is stepping aside after 35 years. A nationwide search for his replacement is underway.

Wells, who rowed at Williams, will become the school's boatman and manager of the boat house on Onota Lake in Pittsfield. He will also teach physical education.

"Initially, I expected to coach at Williams for just five years. It turns out I should have multiplied that estimate by seven," he said in a statement. "There's one reason why my initial plans needed that kind of multiplier: because it was so deeply and personally rewarding to lead this team, year upon year."

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Chessie Jackson, a four-year starter at Williams for Pat Manning, has earned her first head basketball coaching job.

Jackson, who had been an assistant at Division I Princeton since 2015, has been named the head coach at The College of New Jersey, a Division III school. Jackson replaces Dawn Henderson, who retired after the 2016-17 season.

There's a lot of purple at TCNJ now, because the men's basketball coach is former Amherst College player and assistant coach Matt Goldsmith.

"I am particularly excited about the opportunity to work with a group of women who are talented, bright and eager to continue building on past successes while striving for new heights," Jackson said in a statement.

The Galeta, Calif., native graduated from Williams in 2011. She was a four-year starter for Pat Manning, ranking fourth all-time with 1,346 points and ninth in rebounding with 635.

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When Mike Maker came to Williams back in 2008-09, App was one of his assistant coaches. The other assistant is now a head coach too.

Pat Doherty, who had been the associate head coach at Division I Lafayette, was named head coach at Division III Haverford. Doherty replaces Michael Mucci, who retired after 22 years.

Doherty graduated from Lafayette and started his coaching career at The College of New Jersey. He joined Maker's staff the next year at Williams, as the Ephs went 17-9.

After that season, Doherty joined the Fran O'Hanlon's staff at Lafayette, where he had been until being hired at Haverford.

Reach sportswriter Howard Herman at 413-496-6253 on Twitter @howardherman.


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