CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach Greg Harkins was recently named the new head women’s tennis coach at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, La.
Harkins, who was an assistant coach for the Cougars since 2008, helped lead the CofC women’s tennis team to its second consecutive Southern Conference Tournament title and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances with a 20-10 overall record and a perfect 10-0 mark in conference play during the 2010 campaign.
“It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of the College of Charleston over the last two years,” Harkins said. “I want to thank Coach Anastopoulo, Coach Bruner, our student-athletes and all of the athletics department staff for their time and dedication to the program. I look forward to taking all of my experiences here at CofC, to my new home at the University of Louisiana and the Ragin’ Cajuns.”
Both the Cougar men’s and women’s tennis squads were crowned SoCon regular-season champions in 2010, after cracking the top 60 in the Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings for the first time in school history.
Before the start of the 2010 season, three members of the women’s team were individually ranked in the ITA preseason poll and a doubles team for the Cougars was ranked as high as No. 37 in the nation, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga.
The tennis program also maintained high academic standards while under Harkins’ direction. The men’s and women’s team finished with a grade-point average above 3.0 in 2010. The women’s team achieved the highest GPA of all CofC varsity sports and earned ITA All-America Team honors, while the men’s team posted the second-highest GPA out of all men’s sports at The College.
“We couldn’t be happier for Coach Greg as he progresses to the next level of his career,” said CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo. “He has had a direct impact on the success of our program including winning back-to-back SoCon titles and two-straight NCAA Tournament berths. His pleasant nature, love of the game and competitiveness will help the Ragin’ Cajuns achieve unprecedented success in the near future. He will be greatly missed by our staff and student-athletes.”