Watson Named Region Rookie of the Year; Doerr Named Assistant Coach of the Year
Take a look back at the 2013-14 men's tennis season that said farewell to the Tigers' most successful senior class, a fifth-straight Conference championship appearance, third-straight NCAA appearance and another top 25 national ranking!
After their very successful 2012-13 season, the Memphis men's tennis team was awarded with their C-USA Championship rings.
For the first time in the programs history, the men's tennis team has a strength and conditioning coach and he's already made a big impact on the team. Meet the team's strength coach Corey Smith for the first time right here on the Memphis Tiger Network.
Chris Doerr has been hired as the assistant coach for the University of Memphis men's tennis team, replacing former assistant Mark Finnegan.
Doerr spent the past season with the Tigers as a volunteer assistant coach, helping Memphis finish as the No. 20 ranked men's tennis team in the country in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) season-ending rankings, the highest-ever ranking for a Tiger men's tennis team.
Memphis men's tennis upset #22 ranked Clemson, 4-2, in the ITA Kick Off Weekend at Duke University.
Photos from Memphis' 4-3 win over Drake in the 2014 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.
Chris Doerr joined the University of Memphis men's tennis staff as a volunteer assistant coach in August of 2012 and was hired as the program's assistant coach in July of 2013. The former Mississippi State netter was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and was named the SEC Player of the Week one time in his junior season. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Mississippi State for the 2010-11 season.
"Chris was a big part of everything we accomplished in 2013," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "He has played high level college tennis and understands what it takes to compete at the elite level we are trying to elevate to. He relates well to our players and understands the challenges they face in competing at this level. He will also be a big asset for us in international recruiting since he knows everything recruits are considering when deciding to come to the United States to play college tennis. He had other opportunities after spending last season with us as a volunteer assistant coach, and we are excited to have an opportunity to keep Chris here in Memphis with the Tigers."
Doerr spent 2012-13 with the Tigers as a volunteer assistant coach, helping Memphis finish as the No. 20 ranked men's tennis team in the country in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) season-ending rankings, the highest-ever ranking for a Tiger men's tennis team. With Doerr's assistance, Memphis captured its first-ever Conference USA championship in 2013 and garnered nine post-season honors, including sophomore Connor Glennon's Player of the Year Award, Goebel's coach of the year award and with the doubles team of Joe Salisbury and David O'Hare finishing on a nine-match winning streak and ending the year as the No. 39 ranked doubles team in the country.
Hailing from Bromley, England, Doerr has ranked as high as number 11 in the English National Rankings and as high as #480 in the ITF Rankings. Back in England, he was a member of the State Championship Team for four years and was a state champion in singles and doubles and won a divisional title as the captain for the state team.
He graduated from Mississippi State in 2010 with a degree in communications. He and his wife, Rachel McLemore Doerr, married in August of 2012, and reside in Memphis with their dog Lily.