A big welcome to our new head coach Matt Lucas!— UNF Men's Tennis (@UNFMTennis) July 27, 2017
Excited about what this brings for UNF tennis! https://t.co/oCnGTCNRPq
University of Richmond Interim Athletic Director David Walsh announced the hiring of Houston Barrick as the Spiders new men's head coach. Walsh didn't have to look too far to find his guy because Barrick had been just six miles away at VCU as the associate head coach for the last five years. Barrick, who played collegiately at Virginia from 2007 to 2010, replaces Ben Johnson who stepped down after seven seasons to pursue other opportunities. Johnson led the Spiders to a 25-4 record last season and was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. Below are some quotes from Richmond's release and here is a video showing the $1M renovation of the current tennis facility that is expected to be completed by September:
"We're truly excited about Houston joining the Spider family," Walsh said. "His energy and experience, both as a player and a coach, will be a valuable asset to our program. His knowledge of our conference and the area truly provide us with someone who we believe can continue to build our program to compete for championships, while producing outstanding student-athletes and ambassadors for this University."
"I'm thrilled and excited to be a part of the Spider family. I'm grateful to David, Monica and the entire Richmond administration for believing me and giving me this incredible opportunity," Barrick said. "This is a first class institution with a first class athletic program and I look forward to working with a tremendous group of student-athletes and working to compete for championships for years to come."
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Director of Athletics Amanda Braun announced the hiring of Jason Potthoff as the Panthers new women's head coach. Potthoff comes to Milwaukee after spending the last two seasons as the women's assistant at Houston and prior to that he was the women's assistant at Missouri for four seasons. Potthoff replaces Jeff Aranda who departed after two seasons with the Panthers going 21-24 during his tenure. Below are some quotes from UWM's release:
"I first want to thank Deputy Athletics Director Cathy Rossi for being such a great ambassador for Milwaukee during the search process. I am grateful to Director of Athletics Amanda Braun and Senior Associate AD Kathy Litzau for giving me this opportunity to be the next head women's tennis coach at Milwaukee, and I can't wait to get started. I look forward to getting to campus, connecting with the team, and preparing for the season. We have so many great resources and such a great support staff at Milwaukee, and this team will be dedicated to making all Panthers proud by what we do, both on and off the court!"
Milwaukee Panther Athletics - Jason Potthoff Named Head Women's Tennis Coach https://t.co/1C4zy45W1i— Milwaukee Tennis (@mke_tennis) August 1, 2017
Assistant Coaching Hires
Darrell Jernigan, who had been the head coach at Southern Wesleyan University (D2) for the past four seasons, is the new women's assistant at Clemson replacing Maru Brito who took the women's head coaching job at Tulane.
Ian Van Cott, who graduated from Tulane in 2016 and was a volunteer assistant at Princeton last season, is the new men's assistant at East Carolina. The assistant position at ECU was vacant for most of last year.
Grant Roberts, who had been a volunteer assistant at his alma mater Kentucky for the last three seasons, is the new women's assistant at Colorado. Roberts replaces Kieran Burke who left after one season to take a position at Cizr Tennis.
Boomer Saia, who was the temporary women's assistant at Vanderbilt last season, is the new women's assistant at Texas Tech. Saia replaces Ric Mortera who was the associate head coach last season - unsure where Mortera went.
Kelly Cameron, who was the women's assistant at Illinois for the last two seasons, is the new women's assistant at Davidson. Cameron fills the opening that was created when Susanne Depka was promoted from assistant coach to head coach following Sara O'Leary's departure for Virginia.
I've been tracking all the head coaching changes on my coaching carousel page and right now I'm showing the following jobs as still open: Men - UConn, La Salle, Sacred Heart, & St. John's; Women - Eastern Michigan, La Salle, Marist, New Mexico State, Sacramento State, Towson State.
There are also several assistant positions still open as well: Men - SMU, Georgia Tech, Pepperdine, James Madison, Buffalo; Women - Arkansas, Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota, Rice, Columbia, Brown, UNLV, Utah State, Wyoming, Pittsburgh, Houston, VCU, Florida Gulf Coast,