Chestertown, MD, July 8, 2003 —Washington College's Office of Development and Alumni and Parent Relations announced Wednesday, July 2, the appointment of Eleanor Shriver Magee as the new Alumni Director for the College. Magee, a 1993 graduate of Washington College, has served as the Head Women's Lacrosse and Soccer Coach since 1997. She will begin her new position July 17, 2003.
“Eleanor brings her love of this school to the position, as well as energy, enthusiasm, creativity and fundraising experience,” said Bill MacIntosh, Vice President for Development and Alumni and Parent Relations. “We look forward to working and brainstorming with her as we develop new programs to reach out to our alumni and reaffirm their connections to Washington College.”
Magee, who holds a Masters in Education from Goucher College and is a 2005 candidate for a Doctor of Education from Wilmington College (DE), has been deeply involved in women's athletics over the past decade. She has served as a director at Camp Four Winds for girls in Sargentville, ME; assistant coach for women's field hockey and lacrosse at Kenyon College (1993-1994); head women's lacrosse and volleyball coach at Alfred University (1994-1996); and assistant women's lacrosse coach at Loyola College (1996-1997). In the fall of 1997, Magee returned to her alma mater to coach women's lacrosse and the fledgling varsity women's soccer team. In six seasons of coaching lacrosse, Magee posted a record of 60-43; her 60 wins stand as the most ever by a women's lacrosse coach at the College. Under her guidance, the Shorewomen have reached each of the first three Centennial Conference Playoffs in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and in 2000 and 2003, she led them to the ECAC South Championship Game.
Magee also has been instrumental in raising funds for the College's lacrosse endowment and has served on the Executive Committee of the 1782 Society, the College's signature giving club, for the past three years.
“Working for your alma mater is simply the tops,” she said. “It is very easy for me to convey to a future student—and now to alumni—all the great aspects of Washington College because I lived the experience.”
Magee credits Washington College's small, intimate setting with encouraging the spirit of involvement she loved as a student and wants to continue to foster as Alumni Director.
“What I loved about WC as a student was being able to do many things in addition to academics, such as student government and sports. The way the College was always supportive of my interests is something I have never forgotten.” Although she will miss her days of coaching, she looks forward to the challenges and opportunities of her new position.
“First I want to say thank you to Athletic Director Bryan Matthews for giving me the chance to come back and coach here. It has been a blessing for me to work with all the staff of the Athletic Department to develop two teams. Additionally, I hope to remain interactive with current students. Coaching allowed that and I feel that remaining involved with current students will help develop the student-to-college relationship that will last a lifetime.”
Magee and her husband, Jack, live in Centreville, MD.