W&L NAMES ERIC ISHIDA ASSISTANT WOMEN'S TENNIS COACH

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Interim Athletic Director Chuck O'Connell has announced the appointment of Eric Ishida as assistant women's tennis coach and assistant director of the Duchossois Tennis Center. Ishida begins his appointment immediately.

"Eric brings a wealth of experience as a tennis player, coach and facility manager to Washington and Lee," said O'Connell. "We are pleased to have him as a member of our tennis community at W&L."

Ishida served as the student manager and vice-president of the Ohio University Golf/Tennis Center from 2001-04. He is a USPTA P1 Certified Teaching Professional and has served as an independent teaching professional since 2002. Additionally, he has served as the boys' assistant tennis coach at Lancaster High School, where he was a standout player. He has also been the head counselor for the Nike Tennis Camps at Denison University.

"I'm very happy to have the opportunity to work at Washington and Lee," said Ishida. "The women's tennis program has a great tradition and the tennis facilities, including the Duchossois Center, are tremendous. I'm very impressed with each member of the team and especially Coach Rankin."

A 2004 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor of science degree in physical education, Ishida competed on the tennis team at Wright State University for three years before completing his degree work at Ohio.

"Eric has impressed me with his work ethic, his knowledge of the game and equipment," said Duchossois Tennis Center Director David Detwiler. "I am really looking forward to working with Eric at the Duchossois Center as we will continue to offer a great service to the Lexington/Rockbridge area."

"Eric has an excellent background in tennis and he is a very personable coach," noted Head Coach Cinda Rankin. "I am thrilled that he will be joining our program and believe that his abilities will be a tremendous asset to Washington and Lee."

Ishida joins a W&L women's tennis program that went 28-1 in 2006 and has finished as the NCAA Division III runner-up each of the past two seasons.

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