Fomine Joins Women's Tennis Coaching Staff

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University women's tennis coach Tracy Lane has announced the hiring of Max Fomine as assistant coach. The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

Fomine is a former four-year letterwinner for the MSU men's tennis program under State head coach Sylvain Guichard and former MState coach Andy Jackson from 2000-2004. He comes back to his alma mater after serving as a tennis instructor at the Smith & Stearn Tennis Academy at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, S. C.

His other coaching credentials include being a tennis instructor at the Ontario Racquet Club in Ontario, Canada.

"For me, it is a complete blessing to have Max (Fomine) join our staff," said MSU head coach Tracy Lane. "It is special to see our former athletes come back because they know what it takes to compete in our conference."

During his playing time in the Maroon and White, Fomine posted a 69-66 record in singles competition. He garnered his highest career national ranking in the Sept. 2003 ITA poll, coming in at No. 84 in singles. His best season as a Bulldog came during his junior campaign, registering a team-high 22 wins in singles and a 13-12 doubles record. He picked up his first national ranking during March of 2003, coming in at No. 123. Fomine led the MSU squad in the fall of 2002 with 11 total victories. He carried his impressive play into the spring slate going 12-6 in singles dual matches, 10-7 in doubles. Fomine experienced NCAA post-season play all four years of his stint as a Bulldog netter. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2003 and 2004.

"Max is very energetic and has a passion for teaching," added Lane.

Fomine's other tennis accolades include serving as current professional women's tennis star Jennifer Capriati's hitting partner during the summer of 2001.

"I feel like it is an honor to be back here in Starkville and at MSU. I loved it here as a player and love being a Bulldog," said Fomine. "I appreciate the opportunity that MSU and Coach Lane are giving me to further my career."

Fomine, a native of Teraspol, Moldavia (former USSR), is the son of Sergei and Irena Fomina. He is married to the former Krystan Johnston of Starkville, Miss.

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