Glavin to lead Shocker men’s tennis program


Wichita State has named a rising star from one of the nation’s most successful programs as the new head men’s tennis coach.


Darragh Glavin (first name pronounced “DARE-uh”) comes to Wichita after two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Miami where he helped the Hurricane to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.

“Darragh is a guy full of energy with a magnetic personality and a wealth of knowledge,” said Senior Associate Athletic Director, Brad Pitman said. “He is a promising player in the world of tennis coaching and we are thrilled to welcome him and his family to Wichita.”

Originally from Ireland, Glavin stood out for four years at Old Dominion (2012-16) before entering the coaching ranks as a volunteer assistant at Princeton (2017-19) and a full-time assistant at Delaware (2019-20).

Glavin, 29, replaces Danny Bryan, who accepted a similar position at LSU last month.

“My wife, Rachel and I are so excited to move our family to Wichita and be part of this welcoming community,” Glavin said. “After being on campus and meeting the staff, I could feel how much they care about our student-athletes and our teams. I look forward to working with the current players and continuing to build on tremendous growth this program has seen under Coach Bryan.”

In Miami, Glavin reunited with his former Old Dominion head coach, Aljosa Piric. The pair guided the Hurricane to a double record of 17-10 in 2022, including an NCAA Tournament first-round win over South Florida, and finished 30e in the ITA Division I team rankings.

Glavin was instrumental in the development of three All-ACC players, including a pair of first-team players. Adria Soriano Barrera won the 2021 ITA Southeast Region Most Improved Player award and was voted Senior of the Year after finishing 44e in the Division I singles rankings. Dan Martin earned first-team honors in 2022 and recorded 60e nationally.

Glavin made an impact in his only season as Delaware’s assistant coach, working under Pablo Montana. The Blue Hens were in the midst of a school-record 14-game winning streak when their season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the team’s .933 winning percentage (14-1) was the best in the program since the 1975 season.

As a volunteer assistant at Princeton (2017-19), Glavin learned the ropes under veteran head coach Billy Pate. In his two Ivy League seasons, the Tigers established a 38-20 mark, evidenced by a record 20-win program in 2018. Glavin helped develop five All-Ivy League winners, including the 2019 Ivy League Rookie of the Year to Karl Poling.

Glavin’s leadership qualities were evident during his playing days at Old Dominion (2012-16) where he served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and helped the Monarchs reach new heights on the court. During his senior season, ODU chained 12 straight wins en route to a 21-5 mark and a second-place finish in the Conference USA tournament. The team reached No. 28 in the national rankings and finished the year in the top 50.

During the summer months, Glavin honed his coaching skills as a professional tennis assistant at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, Connecticut (2014 and 2015). From 2016 to 2018, he was the head tennis pro at the Shore and Country Club.

Glavin earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from ODU in 2016.

He and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Ollie and Owen.


Collegial coaching experience:

2022-Pr. – Wichita State—Head Coach
2020-22 — Miami (FL) – Assistant Coach
2019-20 – Delaware – Assistant Coach
2017-19 – Princeton – Volunteer Assistant

Player career:

2012-16 – Former Dominion


BS in Business Administration – Old Dominion (2016)

Date of Birth:

March 9, 1993


“Congratulations to Wichita State for choosing Darragh Glavin. He is a tireless worker and will continue to build on the success of the program. I am confident he will foster meaningful relationships on campus and throughout the community. community. Darragh’s approach to principle-based leadership and his ability to attract the best recruits bodes well for Shocker tennis.”
–Billy PateMen’s Tennis Head Coach, Princeton

“Darragh is an exceptional coach and will surely lead Wichita State to prominence. He has one of the best young minds right now in College Tennis and I have no doubt he will bring in the best talent and develop his players for reach that higher level.
Pablo MontanaMen’s Tennis Head Coach, Delaware

“I have known Darragh for a long time. He has become an excellent tennis coach, but above all a coach who sets an example for his players in terms of hard work, integrity and loyalty. He is one of the best young coaches , and will do wonderful things as head coach of the Wichita State Men’s Tennis Program. I look forward to following his career and cheering him on from afar.
–Aljosa PiricMen’s Tennis Head Coach, Miami (FL)