September 8, 2012

W&L Names Erin Ness Head Women's Tennis Coach

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the appointment of Erin Ness as head women's tennis coach and assistant director of the Duchossois Tennis Center effective immediately. 

"It is with great pleasure that I welcome Erin Ness to W&L as our head coach of women's tennis," said Hathorn.  "Erin was selected from a strong pool of applicants because of her demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and coaching at the Division III level.  Her work ethic, passion for the game, belief in the educational aspect of sport, and her understanding of the role that academics plays in the life of our student-athletes made her a natural fit for this position.  I am looking forward to welcoming Erin to campus and assisting her as she begins her leadership of our women's tennis program."

Ness comes to Washington and Lee from the University of California-Santa Cruz, where she served as the head women's tennis coach for the last six seasons.  She led the Banana Slugs to the NCAA Division III Tournament three times, while mentoring her athletes to All-America honors a total of five times.  Her 2008, 2011 and 2012 teams all earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team accolades and she was named the Wilson/ITA West Region Coach of the Year in 2011.

"I am excited to be joining the Washington and Lee community and I am grateful to Jan Hathorn for providing me with this opportunity," said Ness.  "I'm looking forward to carrying on the tradition of success forged by the Generals' women's tennis program."

In addition to coaching, Ness served as a physical education instructor at UC-Santa Cruz and served as the assistant director of the Nike Tennis Camps held on campus since 2004.

Ness was a four-year starter in both singles and doubles as an undergraduate at UC-Santa Cruz, serving as a team captain for her senior season.  Twice she helped guide the team to the NCAA Tournament and she was a regionally ranked doubles player. 

Ness earned a bachelor of arts in psychology in 2006 and is currently working towards a master of arts in kinesiology and sports psychology from San Jose State University.

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