LUBBOCK, TX (COMMUNICATED) – Adam Herendeen, a three-time conference coach of the year who made Furman a top-25 program and a regular NCAA tournament participant, was named the 10th head women’s tennis coach in club history. Texas Tech, director of athletics Kirby Hocutt announced Monday.
In his seven seasons in charge of the Paladins, Furman dominated the Southern Conference under Herendeen, winning six SoCon regular season titles, five conference tournament crowns and five NCAA Tournament appearances. In fact, Furman was undefeated in SoCon regular season games during his tenure, finishing a perfect 43-0 as part of an impressive 139-44 overall record (.760 winning percentage).
“I am thrilled to welcome Adam Herendeen to lead our women’s tennis program,” said Hocutt. “Adam will provide the level of experience and ability to continue to elevate our program. We believe we have hired the most promising head coach in college tennis and we look forward to welcoming him and his family to Lubbock.
Furman’s success under Herendeen doesn’t just stem from his dominance in conference play as the Paladins have won 11 power-five programs in the past three seasons alone, including four wins over top-30 programs such as No. 16 Wake Forest, No. 16. 18 South Carolina, No. 26 Alabama and its new program at No. 24 Texas Tech last spring.
Those iconic victories combined with her conference success propelled Furman to the top of women’s tennis programs as the Paladins climbed the national rankings over the past two years, reaching No. 19 in the polls for the first time in the league. program history. Furman also boasted SoCon Player of the Year in six of his seven seasons under Herendeen.
“Our family is thrilled to come to Lubbock and join the Red Raider Nation,” said Herendeen. “I want to personally thank Kirby Hocutt, Brandi Stuart and Mike Ryan for believing in the vision we have for Texas Tech women’s tennis. We will set the bar high in everything we do, both on and off the court. out, and we’re going to get to work right away to see how far we can go as a program. From the moment I set foot on campus, I knew that Texas Tech is truly a special place, and that’s exactly where our family wants to be.I’ve heard so many good things from current student-athletes and I can’t wait to get started.
Herendeen accepted Furman’s job in 2016 after four years at the helm of the men’s program at his alma mater, Presbyterian, where he led the Blue Hose to 20 or more wins in each of his last three seasons. Presbyterian was one of nine Division I programs to hit the 20-win mark three times during that streak and one of only two to do so in non-Power Five conferences.
In his four years, Herendeen compiled an overall record of 79-42 as Presbyterian won their first Big South regular season title in any sport in 2014. The Blue Hose, who had a program record of 25 wins that year, had previously qualified for the championship game. of the Big South Tournament in each of Herendeen’s first two seasons at the helm of the program.
Herendeen, a native of Douglasville, Georgia, is 218-86 combined in his 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach, a staggering .717 winning percentage. He was promoted to head coach in 2012 after two seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s Presbyterian tennis programs.
A Presbyterian graduate in 2009, Herendeen earned his bachelor’s degree in religion and went on to earn his master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia in Irvine in 2015. He was a four-year winner for the Blue Hose and was undefeated in his two early seasons. to the Presbyterian.
Herendeen and his wife, the former Erin Booth, are parents to two daughters, Anna and Grayson.
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