Mark Finnegan Promoted to Associate Head Coach for Men's & Women's Tennis
June 29, 2012
MEMPHIS - - Mark Finnegan has been promoted to Associate Head Coach for both the men's and women's tennis teams it was announced Friday. Finnegan was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Ohio Valley Region assistant coach of the year earlier this spring after helping both tennis programs to unprecedented heights with a combined 11 players earning all-conference nods this spring.
He helped the men's tennis program to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and a national ranking of No. 31, while helping the women's tennis team rank a program-high No. 51 in the country, advance to the C-USA Championship semifinals and qualify a singles player, Courtney Collins, for the NCAA Singles Championship for the first time in school history.
Both teams finished with singles and doubles players ranked in the final ITA season rankings.
A former Tiger himself, Finnegan graduated from Memphis with a degree in finance in 2004. He played two seasons at Memphis after transferring from Georgia Southern. After his college graduation, he spent a stint as the assistant coach for the University of Memphis women's tennis program before returning to his native Ireland and going to work for the National Irish Bank. He returned to the U.S. in January of 2007 and coached as the Program Director at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla. In 2008, he returned to Memphis and took over as the assistant coach under Paul Goebel. He reassumed a position as an assistant coach with the women's tennis program in 2009 and has served as an assistant coach for both squads since.
Memphis tennis will resume competition in the fall. The men's program will host the ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Oct. 18-22nd and the women's team will host a tournament Nov. 1-4th that features nationally-ranked programs such as Oklahoma, Tulsa, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss.