There will be familiar face on the sidelines of the Coast Guard Academy men's tennis matches this year as Jim Hazlin returns as the Bears interim head coach.
Hazlin was the head coach of the Coast Guard Academy men's tennis team for eight years, the last year being 2013-14 season after serving as an assistant coach for five seasons.
"I'm honored to be called back as interim tennis coach and look forward to working with what appears to be a solid roster," said Hazlin.
He led the Bears to the NEWMAC tournament semifinals in six of his last seven seasons. He returns to coach this senior class which he recruited while head coach in the 2013-14 season. His 2012 recruiting class (CGA Class of 2016) was ranked 18th nationally in Division III by tennis recruiting network.
Hazlin led the Bears to the NEWMAC tournament championship match in 2011 and he was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
"We're very pleased that Jim Hazlin will be returning to CGA as our interim tennis coach," said Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics Tim Fitzpatrick. " When he coached our team previously, Jim built a very strong foundation for the program that has enabled it to continue on an upward trajectory each year since his retirement in 2014. He knows, understands and appreciates what the academy is all about and will no doubt pick up right where he left off in terms of his skills as an instructor and teacher of the sport of tennis, as well as a role model for our cadet-athletes. He is a great teammate, and we're glad he's back with us."
Hazlin was an assistant tennis coach at nearby Ledyard High School for 13 years (1987-2000). The team won nine Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) team titles in those 13 years.
The Bears begin the season on Sept. 6th at Division I Holy Cross.