WM women's tennis loses two coaches in one week


After six seasons at William and Mary, both women’s tennis coaches, Tyler Thomson and Jesse Medvene-Collins, have resigned.

Thomson, the head coach, resigned on Aug. 16, and Medvene-Collins, associate head coach, resigned earlier in the week, according to Tribe Athletics sports information director Kris Sears.

Thomson is headed to North Carolina, the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions, as an associate head coach, according to a Tribe Athletics news release.

"Tyler provided our student-athletes with a championship experience, and he leaves the program poised for sustained success," Athletic Director Samantha K. Huge said in the release. "I want to thank him for his many contributions to the Tribe and wish him the best in his new role. We now look to find a new leader for the program who will build on the great tennis tradition already established."

The women’s tennis program will now begin a national search to name a successor for Thomson, although it’s unclear how long it will take to find his replacement.

In six years at the helm, Thomson led the women’s tennis team to the Colonial Athletic Association championships five times.

The team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times during Thomson’s tenure, earning season-high national rankings inside the top 30 in 2015 and 2016, as well as finishing in the national top 50 teams during four of Thomson’s six seasons.

Thomson’s record was 86-56 over six years, a 60.6 percent win percentage. Twenty-one players during Thomson’s tenure earned All-CAA honors

Medvene-Collins resigned to take a position with the Big 12 and a top-25 tennis program at Texas Tech.

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