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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Update on College Tennis Hirings and Transfers; ITA Summer Circuit Underway

In the two weeks I was concentrating on Wimbledon, a number of hiring announcements have been made in Division I College tennis. If you know of any I've missed, please let me know in the comments.

The Texas women's head coach is the major unfilled position at the moment, with the Pepperdine men's head coaching position also still vacant, with Adam Steinberg taking the Michigan men's job earlier.

Former University of Alabama All American Robin Stephenson, who was coaching at Georgia State, has been hired to coach the University of Washington women.

Former Vanderbilt standout Taka Bertrand, who was coaching at St. John's, has been named head coach for the Yale women.

Matt Roberts, the assistant men's coach at Mississippi State, will take over the head coaching position there.

Chris Cagle, the interim women's head coach at Penn State since last December, has been hired permanently.

Younes Limam, an assistant for the Rice women for the past five years, has been hired as head women's coach at Syracuse.

David Schwarz has resigned as men's coach at Brown and will coach the Division III Claremont Mudd Scripps women's team.

Anca Dumitrescu has resigned as women's head coach at Miami of Ohio.

Former LSU women's coach Tony Minnis is in court over his firing two years ago.  This recent article details the issues in Minnis's lawsuit.

Cristy Striplin Lynch who played at Georgia Tech, returns to the Yellow Jackets as an assistant to the women's head coach Rodney Harmon. Lynch replaces Alison Silverio, who took the Oregon head coaching job earlier this summer.

Vincent Saia has been named assistant coach for the Oklahoma women's program. Saia replaces Cristina Moros.

Lenka Broosova has taken the women's assistant position at Tulsa.  The former Baylor All-American replaces Kali Krisik.

Jeremy Feldman will be the men's assistant at Wake Forest. Feldman replaces Brett Ross, who took the Georgia State men's head coaching job.

Andy Magee is the new men's assistant at Utah State.

Tony Giannoni has been hired as the women's assistant at Oregon.

Ben Staff is the new women's assistant at TCU.

In transfer news, Kelsey Laurente is leaving Miami for Oklahoma State

Ellie Yates is leaving Southern California for Vanderbilt.

Rachael James-Baker is transferring from North Carolina State to Baylor.

Viktoria Kisialeva is leaving Baylor for Penn State, as is Arkansas's Kimberley-Ann Surin.

Skylar Kuykendall is transferring from Memphis to LSU.

And, as previously announced, Martin Redlicki has been released from his National Letter of Intent at Duke and will enroll at UCLA.

The ITA Summer Circuit is in full swing.  See the ITA website for results from across the country, with the most convenient method of checking results the weekly recaps under Media Coverage.  The National Championships are August 9-12 at the University of Indiana, with the winners receiving wild cards into the main draw of the first ITA major of the year--the All American Championships.