Hebert resigns as TSU tennis coach

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 4, 2001

Troy State head tennis coach Chad Hebert has resigned his position with the university, effective June 15, to become head professional at a tennis club in Lafayette, La.

Hebert, the winningest Division I coach in school history, completed his fourth season with the program earlier this month when the women’s team tied a school record for victories with 18 and earned the No. 1 seed at the Trans America Athletic Conference Championship. It marked the second consecutive season the Lady Trojans had posted 18 wins and advanced to the conference semifinals.

"It has been a pleasure serving Troy State during the last four years," Hebert said. "I have a profound love for Troy State and the players on this year’s teams. It is sad to go, but I feel it will ultimately be in the best interests of me and my family."

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Hebert, who has posted a combined 111-70 record with both the men’s and women’s teams, is leaving to become the head pro at City Club of Lafayette at River Ranch.

"We certainly thank Chad for all he has done for Troy State University and wish him well in his future endeavors," Athletics Director Johnny Williams said. "We hate to lose Coach Hebert, but he is leaving the program in much better shape than when he took it over. For that, we are very grateful."

Under Hebert, the Trojans enjoyed their most successful run in Division I school history, earning the school’s first team national ranking on the men’s side in 2000 and on the women’s side this spring. The Lady Trojans ascended to as high as a No. 58 ranking at one point this past season and defeated nationally ranked Middle Tennessee.

In addition, men’s player Willy Campos ­ the 1998 TAAC Player of the Year ­ earned the program’s first individual ranking this past spring when he ascended to No. 48 nationally in singles. Campos and teammate Shannon Nettle were ranked as high as No. 18 in doubles during the 2000 season.

Off the court, the tennis team has also left its mark under Hebert’s tenure ­ earning five ITA Academic All-America Scholar Athlete awards and three team Scholar Athlete awards. The team also boasts 18 academic all-conference awardees and 10 all-conference performers during that time.