WKU announces Greg Davis as new tennis coach

Sophomore Monica Malinen plays a singles match against East Tennessee State University April 13, 2017 at the WKU tennis courts. Malinen, alongside her doubles partner freshman Moka Ito, defeated a Middle Tennessee State University pair 6-4.

Jeremy Chisenhall

WKU tennis has found a new head coach, as Greg Davis will take over the role for next season, the school announced Tuesday.

Davis was previously a head coach at Auburn University Montgomery, Louisville and Lamar. During his tenure at those schools he posted a 257-110 record. 

“I am very honored to be chosen to lead the program forward. WKU is a very special place not only for student athletes but for those who work on campus,” Davis said in a press release. “We will focus on the process and what we have to do to be successful on and off the court. I knew once I stepped foot on campus and then met people in the community that this was the right place for me to continue my career.”

Davis coached Auburn Montgomery to three NAIA national titles, two with the women’s team in 2000 and 2001, and one with the men’s team in 2002. He also served as an assistant at Northwestern, Wake Forest and Rice before becoming a head coach. 

Davis hasn’t coached college tennis since 2010. He is joining WKU from the Houston City Club, where he has served as the director of tennis and the assistant director of junior tennis for the past seven years. 

“We are excited to announce Greg Davis as the next head coach of our women’s tennis program,” athletics director Todd Stewart said in a press release. “His success at Auburn Montgomery and Louisville validates his ability to lead a team and take a program to the next level. We have established a recent pattern of higher success within our tennis program, and I am confident we will continue to be successful with Coach Davis at the helm.”

Davis will take control of a Lady Topper team that finished 9-8 last season, and posted their second-best conference tournament finish by making it to the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament. 

The announcement of Davis as head coach came after former head coach Jonatan Berhane left the program to become the assistant head coach at Alabama.

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