Southern Wesleyan Hires Thompson As New Head Tennis Coach
Southern Wesleyan is excited to announce the hiring of Nathan Thompson as the new head men's and women's tennis coach for the Warriors.
"Warriors athletics is pleased to announce that Mr. Nathan Thompson will be joining our staff as the second head coach of men's and women's tennis and the first fulltime coach in our history for these programs," said Director of Athletics Chris Williams. "Coach Thompson's playing experience at the D1 level along with his five years on the professional tennis tour is really impressive; however, SWU is really impressed and excited that Coach Thompson lives his life for Christ and desires to impact students' lives through the sport of tennis. SWU and Warrior Athletics is so excited to have Coach Thompson joining our team!"
Thompson played tennis for Clemson University from 2001 to 2005 where he received several prestigious awards including All-ACC First Team and ACC Tennis Player of the Year during his senior season. Upon his graduation, Thompson played professional tennis with the Association of Tennis Professionals from 2005 to 2010. He won seven international championship titles in singles matches and eight in doubles competition. His success ranked him within the top 30 professional tennis players in the United States.
After his season as a professional tennis player concluded, Thompson became a travel coach and senior professional for the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC). There he helped to coach and mentor players like Francis Tiafoe, who was at the time ranked the number one junior player in the world. His coaching expertise allowed several players to obtain Division I scholarships. While a coach, he also coordinated and facilitated outreach clinics to bring and promote tennis to many inner-city schools in Maryland.
"I am very excited to join the Southern Wesleyan family!" said Thompson. "This job is a terrific opportunity, and I look forward to the challenge of leading this program. My mission is to build these student athletes up in faith, academics, and in Tennis. I would like to thank president Dr. Todd Voss, Vice president of Student Affairs Dr. Joe Brockinton, and Athletic Director Chris Williams for showing confidence in my abilities and giving me the opportunity to lead Southern Wesleyan Men's and Women's Tennis."
Thompson his wife reside in Pendleton. He will join the team Dec. 1 as they prepare for the 2018 spring season.