Walker Leaves Memphis for TCU, New Mexico's Dils Retires; BB&T in Atlanta Awards Qualifying Wild Cards to Rakitt, O'Shaughnessey and Tiafoe; College Tennis Combine Debuts Next Month in Cerritos, Calif.
One Division I coaching job was filled today and another one opened, with Lee Taylor Walker leaving the University of Memphis for the TCU women's head coaching job and Alan Dils retiring as men's tennis coach after 18 seasons at New Mexico.
Walker replaces David Borelli at TCU, although I was unable to find any official announcement of Borelli's departure and there is no mention of him in the release announcing Walker's hire. Here is the April article from the school's newspaper that revealed Borelli's retirement.
Dils will be replaced by associate head coach Bart Scott, who has been announced as the interim head coach for the 2014-15 season.
In other Division I college news, the new tennis facility at the University of Nebraska is now expected to be completed for the 2015 outdoor season, according to this release. I assume that's April of next year, if the outdoor season there is similar to what it is in the rest of the Big Ten conference.
The ATP tournament in Atlanta next month, the BB&T Open, has announced three qualifying wild cards. Georgia Tech's Nathan Rakitt and Alabama's Becker O'Shaughnessey have received qualifying wild cards, as has Francis Tiafoe. Both Rakitt(Marietta) and O'Shaughnessey(Macon) grew up in Georgia. For more on the field, see this article from the tournament.
A new event is taking place in Cerritos, California next month called the College Tennis Combine. Scheduled for July 5 and 6 at the Cerritos Tennis Center, the event has invited college tennis coaches to evaluate potential recruits based on fitness and skill tests. The fee to participate is $350. For more on the event, see this release.