January 18, 2008

W&L Names New Assistant Tennis Coaches

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the hiring of Bud Haddox and Lara Maurer as assistant tennis coaches and assistant directors of the Duchossois Tennis Center. Haddox will work with the men's tennis team, while Maurer will have responsibilities with coaching the women's tennis team.

"I am excited to have Bud on board at W&L," said W&L Men's Tennis Coach David Detwiler. "I have known Bud for 17 years and he has tremendous knowledge of the game. He will help the men's team with technique, match play and strategy. We welcome Bud to the Washington and Lee community."

Most recently, Haddox has served as the tennis coach at St. Joseph's School in Greenville, S.C. He has also been the Director of Tennis for the Pebble Creek Country Club in Taylors, S.C., (2001-06) and the Holly Tree Country Club (1974-01) in Simpsonville, S.C.. He was also a tennis instructor at the Sugar Mountain Resort in North Carolina from 1972-74. Haddox is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in electronic engineering.

"What an opportunity to use my 30 years of teaching experience by working with these highly-skilled and motivated college players," said Haddox. "I am sure it will take all my best efforts to stay ahead of these fine athletes."

Maurer had been serving as a teaching professional at the Five Seasons Racquet Club in Westlake, Ohio. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, earning a bachelor of arts degree in art history. Maurer played one season for the Rams, helping lead the team to their best-ever finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference. She went 25-4 overall and was tabbed First Team All-Atlantic 10.

"I am thrilled that Lara will be joining our program," said Interim Head Women's Coach Eric Ishida. "Lara's positive energy, terrific work ethic and tennis experience will be a tremendous asset to the W&L tennis program. She is very eager to begin working with the team and continue making positive strides in the program."

Maurer spent her first three seasons as a member of the nationally-ranked tennis team at the University of Kentucky, earning Second Team All-SEC honors as a sophomore and helping the Wildcats to a pair of NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances.

"I am privileged to have such a great opportunity working here at Washington and Lee," said Maurer. "There is an outstanding tennis tradition established here and I am delighted to be a part of it. I could not imagine a better place to start my coaching career."

Haddox joins the men's team that went 20-3 overall and had a perfect 9-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) record in 2007, while Maurer joins a W&L's women's program that went 25-1 overall and claimed the program's first NCAA Division III National Championship.

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