ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Chris Garner, who led Amherst to the 2014 NCAA Division III national championship, was named as the new head coach at Navy by Chet Gladchuk, Navy's director of athletics.
“Chris has been enthusiastically endorsed by a number of the top collegiate head coaches in the country,” Gladchuk said. “Over the years, he has made an impression on his peers in this profession that resonates with achievement, work ethic, leadership, integrity and family values. As both a player and coach, he has successfully competed at the highest level and his philosophical approach to education and character development make him a perfect fit for the Naval Academy.
“Everyone who has met him and knows of him could not be more pleased that the Garner family will join ours in Annapolis.”
“I‘m honored to be the next men’s tennis coach at Navy,” Garner said. “My grandfather fought in World War II, serving in the Navy on board the USS New Orleans and the USS Salt Lake City. He passed over a year ago, but Navy called me exactly one year to the day of his passing. I cannot think of a better way to honor his memory than having the chance to help the young people who are committed to this country have a great athletic experience.”
This year’s NCAA title was the second captured by Amherst during Garner’s seven seasons at the school. The Lord Jeffs previously won the 2011 national championship, made appearances in the NCAA title match in both 2009 and ‘10, placed third at the championship in 2013 and reached the quarterfinal round of the event in 2012.
In addition to Amherst winning this year’s team crown, Joey Fritz also won the 2014 singles title at the NCAA championship while he and Justin Reindel advanced to the semifinal round as a doubles tandem. Prior to Fritz winning the first NCAA singles crown in school history, Mark Kahan competed in the 2013 NCAA title match while Austin Chafetz and Luis Rattenhuber combined to win the 2012 NCAA doubles championship for Amherst.
Garner’s teams posted a 198-43 record during his seven-year stint at the school. This includes a 133-16 mark during the past four years.
Garner earned All-America honors at Georgia before joining the professional tour. .