Kalamazoo College's new head women's tennis coach (and director of tennis facilities) is a Kohawk with a Hornet connection.
Mark Murphy joined Kalamazoo College after 11 years as associate head men's and women's tennis coach at his alma mater, Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). He also had been the assistant director of Coe's Clark Racquet Center since 2005. Murphy played and coached at Coe under Eric Rodgers '79, a Kalamazoo College graduate and member of two of Coach George Acker's NCAA III National Championship teams.
"We are excited to welcome Mark to the Kalamazoo College community," said Kristen Smith, Kalamazoo College's Director of Athletics. "He has extensive coaching experience with nationally ranked teams at Coe, he played under and coached with a "K" alum, and his experience managing tennis facilities ensures that Stowe Stadium and the Markin Racquet Center will continue to operate as the finest collegiate tennis facilities in the country."
In his 11 years as associate head coach at Coe, Murphy helped guide the Kohawks to nine conference team championships (6 men, 3 women), six conference second place finishes (4 men, 2 women), and eight NCAA III Tournament appearances (6 men, 2 women). He has worked with a combined 93 All-Conference selections, 10 ITA/NCAA All-Americans, and eight conference most valuable players.
"I am looking forward to the opportunities at Kalamazoo College," said Murphy. "Kalamazoo has superior academic programs, excellent tennis facilities, and supportive faculty, staff, and alumni. Kalamazoo College has all the necessary components for a national level program."
In addition to his duties at Coe, Murphy has coached at the USTA Competition Training Center in Cedar Rapids, served as chair of the Iowa District Junior Competition, and taught private lessons as a USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) certified instructor. He also was voted as the Most Outstanding Contributor to Junior Tennis in Iowa in 2006.
Murphy graduated from Coe College
"'K' has all the necessary components for a national level program."in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in political science and business administration. He was a three-year letter winner for the Kohawks and member of two Midwest Conference championship teams.
"I want to create a fun, challenging, and exciting environment for student-athletes to be successful on and off the court," said Murphy. "We expect to be competitive regionally and nationally."
The Kalamazoo College women's tennis team has a long history of success. The Hornets have won 39 MIAA championships, more than double the amount of the next highest total. Kalamazoo finished third in the nation in 1986 and ninth in 1994.
The full-time women's tennis position was created during the summer of 2008 and is funded in part by the Tish Loveless Women's Athletics Endowment. Full-time coaches allow the College to better meet the needs of student-athletes on and off the field. Find out more information on the Tish Loveless Women's Athletics Endowment here.