Anderson, Stephens fill tennis coaching positions

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In an already eventful offseason and a spring season quickly approaching, Baker’s tennis teams now have coaches to lead them through the season.

Assistant coach Bruce Anderson has been named the interim men’s tennis coach for the spring season, while alumna Kelsey Stephens will be the interim women’s coach. Both coaches are familiar with the program, with Anderson being an assistant coach at Baker for several years and Stephens, a former member of the Baker tennis team, an assistant for the team in the fall.

This came after Rick Walsh, the previous head coach, left the program in November.

“I think this was the right move by the AD,” Anderson said. “It was going to cause the least amount of ruckus for the team.”

Anderson said he would like to continue with the program after the university hires a new full-time coach, but it would be up to the new coach, in the end, who the assistants would be.<br/>Anderson and Stephens will take on new responsibilities in their interim roles, including recruiting in the spring.Anderson and Stephens will take on new responsibilities in their interim roles, including recruiting in the spring.
Anderson and Stephens will take on new responsibilities in their interim roles, including recruiting in the spring.

Senior Hunter Hollarn also will take on a new role, being named as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams. He also is in charge of the media. Hollarn will work with Sports Information Director Kevin Kunde and will be in charge of reporting results from matches and keeping the online information updated.

Baker will continue the search for a new head coach in the spring.

"We hope to have someone named by mid-May, and they would officially start their job on July 1," athletic director Dan Harris said.<br/>The coaching position, which will be a part-time job, was available for a new coach to come in by the spring season but wasn't filled. There were six potential candidates, three being alumni, who inquired about the position. However, Harris said it was too difficult to hire mid-season.The coaching position, which will be a part-time job, was available for a new coach to come in by the spring season but wasn't filled. There were six potential candidates, three being alumni, who inquired about the position. However, Harris said it was too difficult to hire mid-season.
The coaching position, which will be a part-time job, was available for a new coach to come in by the spring season but wasn’t filled. There were six potential candidates, three being alumni, who inquired about the position. However, Harris said it was too difficult to hire mid-season.

The makeups of the men’s and women’s teams are less than similar.

The men have two seniors, Hollarn and Trevor Hedberg, along with a couple of experienced transfers.

The women’s team features a large group of freshmen.

Regardless, both teams are optimistic heading into the season.

“We have a lot of young (women) this year, but I think they’ll be ready for the spring,” Stephens said. “I think we can surprise some people.”

“I definitely see us being a contender in the HAAC,” Hollarn said.