Michael J. Horsey, a former track-and-field and cross-country coach at Georgetown Preparatory School who also served as the school’s dean of admissions for many years, died Nov. 29 at a hospice in Atlanta. He was 68.
He had prostate cancer, his son Michael L. Horsey said.
Mr. Horsey joined the faculty at Georgetown Prep, a Catholic boys’ school in North Bethesda, in 1971. He taught history for several years and coached cross-country and indoor and outdoor track from 1972 to 1991. His teams won 13 league championships, according to his son, and several of his athletes went on to become college all-Americans and Olympic competitors.
In 1973, Mr. Horsey started the annual Georgetown Prep Cross-Country Classic, one of the country’s top high school cross-country events.
Mr. Horsey also served as Prep’s dean of admissions for about 25 years until his retirement in 2007. According to Larry Rocca, Georgetown Prep’s director of development and alumni affairs, more than half the school’s 5,200 living alumni were admitted by Mr. Horsey.
Michael James Horsey was born in Worthing, England, and moved with his family to the United States as an infant. He grew up in Atlanta before graduating from Georgetown Prep in 1963. He was a 1967 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he also received a master’s degree in ancient history in 1971.
He lived in Silver Spring before moving to Atlanta about five years ago. He operated an educational consulting business until his death.
His marriage to Kathleen Paroby Horsey ended in divorce. Survivors include two sons, Michael L. Horsey and James S. Horsey, both of Silver Spring; and four sisters.
— Matt Schudel