WVU names new women's tennis coach

West Virginia University athletic director Ed Pastilong today announced the hiring of Marc Walters as the school's fourth women's tennis coach. He will begin his duties August 21.

A native of Morgantown, W.Va., Walters has 12 years of Division II head coaching experience and a 394-196 (.667) career coaching record. He has posted seven 20-plus win seasons and 21 top three conference finishes with his teams during his career.

"First and foremost I'm incredibly grateful to the search committee," Walters said. "I was welcomed from the get-go. The opportunity to take on this postion at WVU, with my personal ties to the town and state, is overwhelming. The faith the administration has in me is very humbling. I am very eager to take the reigns of a program that is on the rise. My first goal will get to know my players and learn and communicate my vision with them."

Most recently Walters served as head coach of both the men's and women's programs at Barton College in Wilson, N.C., since 1999. There, two of his teams qualified for NCAA regionals and he guided eight teams to ITA national rankings. He guided the women's team to the 2004 CVAC championship and for his efforts was named conference coach of the year. At Barton, Walters also had nine teams that posted 3.2 or better combined GPAs. All told, he has coached 32 all-conference players at Barton, including three freshmen of the year, 20 CVAC players of the week, four nationally ranked players and nine regionally ranked players.

Prior to his tenure at Barton, Walters served as head coach of both the women's and men's tennis programs at Nebraska-Kearney from 1994-1999. There he posted a 155-78 mark in five years which included the most wins in program history. He guided three teams to NCAA regionals and was named RMAC coach of the year in 1997. Walters was a volunteer coach with WVU's men's tennis program from 1992-94 and was an instructor at the Blue-Gold Tennis Camps from 1986-95.

Walters played collegiately at Fairmont State where he was part of three WVIAC championship teams (1984, 1986 and 1987) and was named all-conference in singles in 1986 and 1987. He earned his bachelor's degree from Fairmont State in sociology and his associates degree in broadcast communications in 1987. He earned his master's degree in athletic coaching from WVU in 1992. He is currently in his dissertation stage of his doctoral program work in education administration, also from WVU.

Walters is married to the former Jessica Willett of Austin, Texas. They have two children, Jameson (3) and Jarrett (1) and will reside in Morgantown.

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