W&J Announces Hiring of Six Department Assistants
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College Director of Athletics Bill Dukett recently announced the hiring of six new department assistants to the Presidents’ athletics staff.
The first-year assistants include Andrew Booth (football), Kelly Carioto (cross country/track & field) Brandon Eisenhart (men’s soccer), Marissa McDaniel (softball), Katie Rihn (sports information) and Ryan Verlihay (baseball).
Booth is no stranger to the W&J football program having been a member of the team for four seasons. He finished his playing days as part of a senior class that compiled a 32-11 record. The Presidents enjoyed an ECAC Southwest Bowl championship during his junior year and claimed a conference title his final season. Booth graduated from W&J in May with a degree in psychology.
Carioto set both shot put and discus records at Catholic University, where she was a two-time Landmark Conference Field Athlete of the Year and ECAC indoor shot put champion. Carioto spent the past year as an assistant varsity track & field coach at The Spence School, developing student-athletes in throwing events and assisting with organizational and coaching strategies during practices and meets. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Catholic and a master’s in secondary social studies from Teachers College.
Eisenhart joins the men’s soccer coaching staff after a successful playing career at Susquehanna University. During his collegiate career, he earned multiple all-conference and all-region selections and was a member of the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. Eisenhart has many years of playing experience as well on the club level. He received a bachelor of arts degree in 2011 from Susquehanna in psychology and German.
McDaniel comes to W&J from Marietta College. As a four-year member of the Marietta softball program, McDaniel helped the Pioneers to their first OAC Tournament appearance her senior year. She earned three all-conference selections, one all-region honor and was a member of the All-OAC Tournament team in 2013. She received a bachelor of arts degree in sport management this past May.
Rihn, a 2011 graduate of Waynesburg University, spent the past two years as a graduate assistant in the athletics communications office at Saint Francis University. During her time with the Red Flash, she served as the primary contact for seven of the university’s Division I programs, including the 2013 Northeast Conference champion men’s golf team. Additionally, she earned her master’s degree in business administration this past May.
Verlihay, like Booth, is also familiar with the campus after he spent four years as a member of the Presidents’ baseball team. This past year, he served as the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Blackhawk High School, creating practice plans and instructing student-athletes on fundamentals. Throughout the years, he has worked with youth baseball and softball leagues in his hometown of Beaver Falls, Pa., as a head coach and instructor. Verlihay earned a bachelor of arts degree in child development and education from W&J in 2012.