Four individuals claim honors following historic season
Marta Morga will join the Lady Tigers in the 2013-14 season
Tigers open dual season against one of 13 ranked opponents on their schedule.
Tigers hosting the ITA Regional and Conference USA Championships in 2012-13.
Tigers claiming doubles wins across the European continent.
Episode 55: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Associate Head Tennis Coach Mark Finnegan and talks about previous matches with Southern Illinois and Murray State, recent success, and upcoming match with Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.
Former Tiger tennis player Mark Finnegan was named the ITA Ohio Valley Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012 after helping guide Memphis to a 19-6 record and the program's first berth to the NCAA Championships. Finnnegan's focus has been on international recruiting and he was instrumental in the recruitment of the Tigers' stable of talent.
In total, Finnegan has spent five years as an assistant for his alma mater, including each of the last four years and a one-year stint with the women's program following graduation.
Under Finnegan's tutelage, Memphis placed seven different Tigers on the All-Conference USA First Teams. Johnny Grimal, Connor Glennon and David O'Leary earned first team singles and the duos of Glennon and Henry and O'Hare and Salisbury were named first team doubles in 2012. Jorge Vasquez was a first team singles honoree in 2009.
In Finnegan's first year as an assistant coach in 2008, the Tigers finished with a 14-11 mark, which was the best season at that point under Goebel's guidance.
Finnegan graduated from Memphis in 2004 with a degree in finance after playing two seasons following his transfer from Georgia Southern. He battled a shoulder injury his first season for the Tigers, but bounced back to post a 28-21 career singles mark in a Tiger uniform. In doubles, Finnegan posted a 12-6 mark with former Tiger assistant coach Alex Jago.
Prior to his arrival at the U of M as a player, Finnegan had a successful stint at Georgia Southern where he was honored as the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 2002. Finnegan was also named to the All-Southern Conference team and was the team MVP for Georgia Southern.
After his graduation and stint with the University of Memphis women's tennis team, Finnegan returned to his native Ireland and worked for the National Irish Bank. In January of 2007, he returned to the U.S. and went to work as the Program Director at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla. There, Finnegan worked with a high performance academy and coached highly ranked juniors in the state of Florida. Finnegan also spent a period of time at the Point Clear Tennis Club with fellow Irish touring pro Joseph O'Dwyer. While at Point Clear, Finnegan coached several players who were highly ranked in the state of Alabama, many of whom competed collegiately around the country.
Finnegan married his wife, Molly, in May of 2008. The couple currently resides in Memphis.