NC State names women’s tennis coach

June 2, 2014 

Simon Earnshaw, who has guided his programs to an NCAA Division II record nine national championships, has been named head women’s tennis coach at N.C. State. Earnshaw arrives in Raleigh after a 15-year run as head men’s and women’s coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where he directed its women’s program to six national titles, and its men’s program to three.

He is a four-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Women’s Coach of the Year (2004, 2006, 2009, 2012) and 19-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year.

“Simon shares our vision that the Wolfpack’s potential is unlimited,” said director of athletics, Debbie Yow. “He is a proven winner who, over time, will lead our women’s tennis team to compete at the top of the ACC and NCAA. I thank Michael Lipitz and our search committee for their excellent work.”

“NC State offers a first-class academic experience and we will deliver an equal tennis experience,” Earnshaw said in a statement released Friday. “My family and I are extremely excited by the support and clear vision for all the programs. I look forward to the challenge of establishing our program among the ACC and nation’s elite.”

A native of Holmfirth, England, he was hired as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at Armstrong Atlantic for the 1998-99 season. A year later he was elevated to the head position and his programs responded by making history.

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