UTC hires Chad Camper as women's tennis coach

UTC hires Chad Camper as women's tennis coach

August 5th, 2016 by Gene Henley in Sports - College

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announced Chad Camper as the new head women's tennis coach Thursday.

Camper replaces Jeff Clark, who recently left to become the director of tennis at McCallie School.

Camper has spent the last three seasons at Louisiana Tech, leading the Lady Techsters to a 15-7 record in 2016 — the third-most wins in program history. They ranked as high as No. 66 in the country.

He was 36-25 in his three seasons in Louisiana, and the team had three All-Conference USA players in each of the three.

"We are excited to welcome Chad Camper as our new women's tennis head coach," UTC vice chancellor and athletic director David Blackburn said in a release. "His success with recruiting and player development in a tough league made him a very attractive candidate."

Camper called Chattanooga "a destination spot" in the release.

"Chattanooga is a tennis-rich environment with great academics, and that will allow us to recruit great players, as well as great students," he said. "The program is set up to win, not only in the Southern Conference, but also on a national level."

The Mocs went 15-8 in 2016 and finished third in conference play, marking the fifth straight year the program won at least 15 matches under Clark. Junior Samantha Caswell, a Baylor graduate and second-team all-conference selection, returns. The team also added Wisconsin transfer Caroline Hall.

Only one senior, Rachele Gazzola, is listed on the roster.

Prior to Louisiana Tech, Camper spent six seasons on staff at his alma mater, Wright State, the last three as associate head coach for the men and women.

He still holds a number of school records from his playing days. He was the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) player of the year as well as the school's male athlete of the year in 2001. He set WSU's record for singles wins with 98 and was second in doubles victories with 77. He played on the ATP Tour from 2002 to 2004.

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