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Francis Marion names new tennis coach

on Monday, 13 September 2021. Posted in Local News


Francis Marion recently announced the hiring of Jay Evans as its new head coach for the Patriots’ men’s and women’s tennis programs.

Evans takes over for Garth Thomson, who retired this summer after leading the two FMU programs for 29 seasons.

Evans comes to FMU after serving as head coach for the men’s and women’s programs at West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2020-21.

“It is an incredible honor to take over the storied tennis programs at Francis Marion,” said Evans. “I’m very excited to build a national caliber program and continue a long tradition of excellence both on and off the court. I can’t wait to get to Florence and get started.”

Evans served as head coach at Davis & Elkins College from 2017 to 2020. “We are excited to have Jay join our ranks,” said FMU Athletics director Murray Hartzler. “He is an experienced Division II coach who has proven that he can lead his squads to post-season play, while also balancing the academic side of intercollegiate athletics. We welcome him and look forward to all he will bring to the Patriot athletic program.”

Evans becomes the ninth coach in the history of the FMU men’s program and the 12th coach of the women’s program.

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