Tigers Hire New Women's Tennis Coach

Auburn, Ala.--Eastern Michigan University women's tennis coach Tim Gray has been hired to fill a vacancy as head women's tennis coach at Auburn.

He replaces Troy Porco, who announced his resignation earlier this year after his team was non-competitive in recent seasons. Auburn didn't win a conference match in 2005 and didn't come close to winning one.

Athletic Director Jay Jacobs made the announcement on Tuesday. At Eastern Michigan in the Mid-American Conference, Gray posted a 39-19 record in two seasons and led his team to a pair of runner-up finishes in the league championships.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to coach the women's tennis program at Auburn," Gray said. "Auburn has the resources necessary to compete at the highest level and win championships. I'm looking forward to getting started."

Jacobs says he believes Gray can make a positive difference in the tennis program. "Tim has an outstanding background in tennis and has been successful in each of his coaching positions. We feel Tim is the right person to turn around this program."

Jacobs and other AU officials are working on plans to upgrade Auburn's tennis facilities by building a new outdoor tennis center as well as indoor courts.

Gray also has coaching experience at Florida Southern College, where he worked for seven seasons. He took the team to the NCAA Division II Tournament each year after taking over a program that had been shut down for a decade. His top finish there was a third place nationally in 1998. His team won the Sunshine State Conference in 2000 and 2002.

The new Auburn coach got his college coaching start at the Division III level at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., in 1994. His team made the NCAA playoffs each year and won the national title in 1994 and finished second in 1995.

Gray also played tennis at Washington College and participated in the NCAA Championships in singles and doubles.

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