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Tennis team starts year with new coach

January 24, 2014

 

CAMPER

CAMPER

Paul Harris
Staff Reporter

 

The head coach position of the Lady Techster tennis team is no longer vacant.

 

Former Wright State’s men’s and women’s associate head tennis coach, Chad Camper, has been hired to lead the Techsters into the upcoming spring season.

 

“To leave a program that I helped build was going to take something big and Louisiana Tech was that big step, so I’m very enthused to be here,” Camper said.

 

Camper arrives with ambitious goals.

 

“I hope to get this team nationally ranked and to the top of Conference USA,” Camper said. “I really want to make Louisiana Tech a destination for everyone.”

 

Camper leaves his alma mater after playing and coaching there for a combined eight years.

 

For the past three years, Camper served as an assistant coach for Wright State and was recently promoted to associate head coach. He coached the men’s team that won the Horizon Conference regular season title in 2011-12.

 

He coached the women’s team that had previously etched a 1-21 record to having three consecutive successful seasons.

 

As a player from 1998-2002 at Wright State, Camper still holds a number of school records including: most singles wins (98), second most doubles wins (77) and second most career wins (175).

 

He was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) Player of the Year as well as the Wright State Male Athlete of the Year as a junior for leading his team to the conference championship in 2001.

 

Following his collegiate career, Camper competed professionally on the ATP Tour from 2002-2004.

 

“I didn’t make all the millions that I wanted to so I had to get a real job,” Camper said. “At age 30, I got into college coaching and just absolutely loved it. I want to do it for the rest of my life.”

 

Camper said he feels that his coaching style is infectious.

 

“I think for a player to not thrive under my coaching is a personal choice they make as an individual because I feel the environment I create is very fun, but we’re working hard so you can’t help but get caught up in it,” Camper said.

 

Sophomore Taly Merker said she has already noticed a change in the program with the minimal amount time Camper has been present.

 

“Everything we do is more goal-oriented now,” Merker said. “We focus more on setting team goals rather than individual goals.”

 

Camper said every aspect of coaching at Tech has been better than he originally anticipated upon arrival.

 

“I got here to watch this team hit for the first time and it was like a dream,” Camper said. “They are better than I thought they would be, they work harder than I thought, they’re funnier than I thought.”

 

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