Hollins University has named Sherri West as director of the school’s equestrian program and head riding coach. She will oversee all aspects of the program, including teaching classes, conducting practices, and preparing the equestrian team and individual riders for competition in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
“We are thrilled to have Sherri leading our riding program into the future. She has a full appreciation for the successful history of the Hollins program, and is the right person to lead us forward,” said Myra Sims, Hollins University Director of Athletics. “I am confident that Sherri will be a positive mentor for our students and staff. She is an accomplished coach and an effective communicator with a direct and encouraging style of teaching. She will continue, and build upon, the tradition and success of the Hollins riding program.”
West previously was the coach at Virginia Tech since 2007. During her time there, she coached a number of regional and national champions in intercollegiate competition. This spring, she led Virginia Tech to its highest finish ever at the IHSA National Championships, and she has also successfully coached riders to major victories at Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association, United States Equestrian Federation, and United States Hunter Jumper Association shows. In addition to her success as a coach, West has served in leadership positions for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, American National Riding Commission and Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association.
“The equestrian program at Hollins has always been the gold standard for intercollegiate riding with an unparalleled coaching staff, quality horses, and top-notch care,” West said. “The level of excellence evident in every aspect of the program is what drew me to this position. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the amazing staff and students at Hollins University and look forward to leading the program forward.”
Hollins riders have captured 19 individual IHSA national championships, four Fitch Trophy/Cacchione Cup Individual National High Point Rider championships, and numerous ODAC Rider of the Year awards. As a team, Hollins has won two national championships, qualified for IHSA Nationals 12 times, and won the ODAC championship 21 times.