Ishida Promoted to W&L's Head Women's Tennis Coach

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the promotion of Eric Ishida to head women's tennis coach, effective immediately.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Ishida to the position of head women's tennis coach," said Hathorn. "While serving as interim head coach this year, Eric has exceeded our expectations and has demonstrated a natural ability to administer all aspects of a high-level program, as well as maintain its competitiveness. His knowledge of the game is exceptional and his rapport with our players is outstanding. Under Eric's direction, our program is in very capable hands."

Ishida has been serving as interim head coach since August, leading the Generals to a No. 1 ranking and an unblemished 21-0 record (10-0 ODAC). He was also the assistant coach during the Generals' title run last year, helping W&L to a 25-1 overall record and an Old Dominion Athletic Conference title.

"I am honored to be named head coach of the Generals," said Ishida. "My goal is to maintain the integrity and the winning tradition of this wonderful program. Washington and Lee has a terrific athletic department, exceptional indoor and outdoor tennis facilities and a terrific staff. It is my pleasure to work for such a fine academic institution and I would like to personally thank all the past players and coaches for their contributions in making W&L an elite program in Division III."

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 University. While at Ohio University he was the student manger of the Ohio University Golf and Tennis Center and vice president, coach, and player for the OU Club tennis team.

Active in the local and national tennis community, Ishida currently serves on the board of the Rockbridge County Tennis Association and sits on the ITA Atlantic South Rankings Committee. Ishida is a USPTA P1 Certified Teaching Professional and has been instructing and coaching tennis since 2002 and also remains the assistant director of the W&L Duchossois Tennis Center.

The Generals women's tennis team ended their regular-season with a perfect 21-0 overall record and a 10-0 mark in the ODAC. W&L will look to win its sixth-straight conference championship this weekend in the 2008 ODAC Championship hosted by Sweet Briar College on Apr. 25-27.