NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Coast Guard Academy has named Jordon Smith the head coach of the men's tennis team. He replaces Jim Hazlin, who served as interim coach during the Fall season.
Smith spent the last two and a half years as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's tennis teams at Ithaca College. The men's team was 13-6 overall and 7-1 in conference play last season and were back-to-back Empire 8 runners up. The Bombers were ranked as high as 19th in the Northeast region in each of the last two seasons.
The women's team was a perfect 8-0 in each of the last two seasons winning back-to-back Empire 8 championships.
Prior to Ithaca, Smith was the assistant men's and women's coach at Wheaton (Mass.).
"I am honored and thrilled to be selected as the head men's tennis coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy. I'd like to thank Tim Fitzpatrick and Dan Rose for providing me with this wonderful opportunity," said Smith. "I'm looking forward to working with coach Jim Hazlin through this transition and can't wait to get to work with the players for the upcoming spring season."
Coast Guard has advanced to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals for the past four seasons. The Bears won their only match of the Fall beating Division II Assumption 6-2.
Smith worked at the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster, Mass. for five years (2011-2016) as an assistant tennis professional and at the Binghamton Tennis Center from 2006-11.
He earned his bachelor's degree in cinema from Binghamton in 2014 and played one season for the Division I Bearcats. He also played two years at Broome Community College and went undefeated at first singles and doubles in 2010. During that year, he reached the semifinals of the NJCAA Tournament in singles and doubles.