Tribe hires new men's cross country coach from UCLA

Forest Braden was announced as the new William and Mary men’s cross country coach on Thursday, joining the Tribe from UCLA.

Braden will also serve as an assistant coach during the indoor and outdoor track seasons under director of track and field and cross country Alex Heacock.

Braden coached distance runners at UCLA for the last eight seasons, helping the Bruins to six NCAA Cross Country Championships appearances. Braden’s runners earned 16 All-America honors in the past six seasons.

Braden, an All-American runner at Boise State (graduating in 2007), also served as the U.S. men’s and women’s distance coach during the 2015 World University Games in Korea, and coached at Gonzaga prior to joining UCLA.

Women’s soccer

Sarah Segan converted a pass from Elysse Branton in the 87th minute Thursday, lifting William and Mary (3-0) to a 3-2 home win over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Branton and Segan scored the Tribe’s first two goals.

Men’s soccer

William and Mary junior Antonio Bustamante was named a Preseason All-American by College Soccer News.

The Tribe midfielder was among 33 players honored and was selected to the second team.

Football

Because of fallout stemming from the deadly protests in Charlottesville this month, Robert Lee will not be the play-by-play broadcaster for ESPN’s ACC Network Extra online video coverage of the Virginia Cavaliers’ football season opener at home Sept. 2 against William and Mary.

That’s Robert Lee, a broadcaster of Asian heritage who’s certainly no relation to the former Confederate general whose statue’s potential move in Charlottesville served as a flash point for an alt-right protest two weekends ago.

Lee originally was assigned to the game. But after rumors about the switch began to gain attention on Twitter Tuesday night, ESPN public relations issued a statement saying, “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name.

“In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”

Holtzman can be reached by phone at 757-298-5830.

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