Tully to head Merrimack tennis
Warriors bring in young coach to replace Stevens
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -– Director of athletics Glenn Hofmann announced that Sean Tully has been named the new head men’s and women’s tennis coach after Chris Stevens resigned from the position.
“I want to thank Chris for his six years at Merrimack,” said Hofmann. “He brought both tennis programs to new heights, reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history for both the men and women. At the same time, I am extremely happy to find someone like Sean to replace him. Sean brings tremendous enthusiasm and a passion for tennis that will keep the program successful for years to come.”
“I am excited to build on the momentum with both the men’s and women’s teams,” said Tully. “The sky is the limit for the potential of both teams, and it will be my job to push each player beyond their known limits with on and off the court training. The confidence that comes with preparing to our fullest capabilities will give us an edge against every team we face. I look forward to a great season!”
Tully has worked at numerous local clubs, most recently the Bellevue Golf Club in Melrose, Mass., the director of tennis. He created and managed the junior and adult programs for 80 family memberships, while managing a full staff and instructing all levels and abilities on stroke technique and strategy.
A Melrose native, Tully has also worked at Seacoast Sports Clubs Great Bay, Mount Auburn Club, Great Harbor Yacht Club, The Gasparilla Inn & Club, and the Essex County Club, giving private, group, and junior lessons while managing pro shops and organizing tournaments.
Tully, who began his collegiate tennis career at Marist before transferring to UNH, graduated from New Hampshire in 2008 with a B.S. in recreation management and policy with a program administration emphasis.
Stevens departs with a 75-40 record with the men’s team and a 51-60 mark with the women, totaling a 126-100 (.630) record. A two-time Northeast-10 Coach of the Year, he guided the men’s team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2008 and followed it up with three more appearances in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The men’s squad captured a share of its first Northeast-10 regular season title in 2011 and set a school record with 16 victories. Stevens also guided the women’s squad to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2010. Twenty-seven student-athletes earned all-conference marks under Stevens’ tutelage.