Crothers will not return as women’s tennis head coach


The Appalachian Online

Jason Huber

Appalachian State University has elected not to renew the contract of women’s tennis head coach, Colin Crothers, after 19 years coaching the Mountaineers, according to a press release by director of athletics Doug Gillin on Thursday.

“I sincerely thank coach Crothers for his 19 years of service and commitment to our women’s tennis program and wish him and his family nothing but the best,” Gillin said in the release.

Arriving at App State prior to the 1998-99 season, Crothers produced a 165-215 (.434) record in 19 seasons, coached eight all-conference performers (seven SoCon, one SBC), 24 academic all-conference honorees and two SoCon Freshmen of the Year.

Crothers led the Mountaineers to their first ever national-ranking (No. 65) in 2013.

This season, the Mountaineers were 7-14 and eliminated by UL Monroe in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

“We will move quickly to identify new leadership for our women’s tennis program with our student athletes, academic mission and championship aspirations in mind,” Gillin said.

A national search for a new women’s tennis head coach, chaired by associate athletics director Brittney Whiteside, is already underway.

Story by: Jason Huber, Senior Sports Reporter