Women’s tennis team makes early exit; new coach hired

Women’s tennis team makes early exit; new coach hired

The spring season came to an end last week for the women’s tennis team, with the Duhawks falling to the Central Dutch in the first round of the Iowa Conference tournament, 5-1. The Duhawks finish their 2014-15 season with a record of 7-10, including a 3-4 mark in Iowa Conference competition.

The loss also marks the end of Karl Stubben’s tenure as head coach of the Duhawks, as he’ll be replaced next month after a decade at the helm.

Assuming the position of head coach for the men’s and women’s teams next season will be Chad Fenwick, as announced by Director of Athletics Denise Udelhofen.

“I am excited for Chad to join our athletic staff,” Udelhofen said in a statement posted on Duhawks.com. “He has a proven history of success with both men’s and women’s tennis programs, which starts with recruiting quality student-athletes.”

Fenwick comes to Loras most recently from Ashford University, where he led the men’s and women’s tennis squads since the 2010-11 season, and was named the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year. Prior to his stint at Ashford, Fenwick made head coaching stops at Upper Iowa University (2006-10) and the University of Dubuque (2000-02).

In his five seasons as head coach for Ashford, Fenwick earned an overall record of 97-46-1, and his teams went 15-1 (men’s) and 12-5 (women’s) this year. He’ll become Loras’ first-ever combined men’s and women’s tennis coach when he officially takes the program’s reins on June 1.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to lead the Loras Tennis program,” Fenwick told Duhawks.com. “I believe that both the men’s and women’s programs have potential to be successful. I am looking forward to working with the Loras student-athletes with the hopes of building both programs into Iowa Conference contenders.”

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