Washington & Lee head football coach resigns; will accept same position at Davidson

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Scott Abell, Washington & Lee Head Football Coach has resigned and will accept the same position at Davidson College, according to Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn.

"Washington and Lee is an amazing place for my family and I will cherish the memories and relationships we have made through the years," said Abell. "I would like to personally thank the coaches, staff and Athletic Director Jan Hathorn for their leadership and hard work with the football team. Washington and Lee University and Lexington my family will remember with extreme fondness."

Abell served as the Generals' head coach for six seasons, compiling a 39-24 (.619) overall record which produced three Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles, the most for any coach in program history. He was named the ODAC Coach of the Year three times and twice claimed the Williard Bailey Award as the top NCAA Division II/III coach in Virginia.

"As cliché as it sounds, this is truly a very bittersweet moment: we are happy for Scott, yet, we are sad to see him go," said Hathorn. "It's hard to put into words all of the positive things Scott has meant to W&L -- to the football program, to athletics, and to the University, as a whole. He is a champion in every way, and we couldn't be more pleased for him as he seeks this new challenge in his career."

Abell arrived at Washington and Lee in 2008 as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator. He took over the reigns as head coach in 2012 following the retirement of Frant Miriello. Abell found success immediately, guiding W&L to the ODAC title in his first season, setting 15 records in the process.

Abell's teams set nearly every school rushing record during his time with the program, ranking no lower than sixth in Division III rushing offense since the 2010 campaign. During that time, W&L lead all of college football in rushing twice and topped Division III in rushing three times.

A national coaching search will begin immediately, according to W&L officials.