August 6, 2012

Eric Ishida Resigns as Head Women's Tennis Coach at W&L

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that Eric Ishida has resigned as head women's tennis coach in order to assume the head men's post at Oberlin College. 

"I am extremely honored to have served as the head women's tennis coach at Washington and Lee University," said Ishida. "Working for W&L has provided me with opportunities to meet and work with a multitude of fantastic people that represent the school.  I want to thank Jan Hathorn and the University administration for all they have done for the athletics department and I am very excited for the opportunity that lies ahead as the head coach of the men's tennis program at Oberlin College."

Ishida arrived at W&L as assistant women's tennis coach in the fall of 2006 and helped the Generals to the NCAA Division III title that spring.  He then took over the program on an interim basis following the retirement of Cinda Rankin and had the interim tag removed midway through the 2008 season when he guided W&L to a 28-1 record and a runner-up showing at the 2008 NCAA National Championships.

In his five seasons leading the Generals' women's tennis program, Ishida posted a 107-26 (.805) overall record and a perfect 50-0 mark in conference play.  W&L claimed five Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles and he was named the ODAC Coach of the Year each season in charge.  He was also tabbed the ITA Atlantic South Region Coach of the Year and USTA Virginia College Coach of the Year in 2010.

Ishida's teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament every year and he coached W&L players to a total of 13 All-America citations in just five seasons.

"I want to thank Eric for the many ways in which he carried on the incredible level of success and tradition of the W&L women's tennis team throughout the past five years," said Hathorn. "His list of accomplishments and contributions to the program are many and significant, and we are grateful for his hard work and dedication. He will be leaving the team in a great position for future success because of his outstanding recruiting.  We are sorry to see him go, yet we wish him the greatest possible success in this new and exciting opportunity at Oberlin."

An Ohio native, Ishida will remain on staff until August 13.  A national search for his replacement will begin immediately.

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