Eye of the Tiger is back and this time you get a chance to go behind the scenes of a women's tennis team practice as they take to the courts at the Racquet Club of Memphis.
Former Tiger Ben Stapp begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Memphis women's tennis program.
At Memphis, Stapp was a three-time all-Conference USA singles selection while playing for the nationally-ranked Tigers from 2000-03. Stapp teamed with Lee Taylor Walker in doubles in 2002 and 2003, where the duo reached as high as No. 12 in the country in Jan. 2003.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Stapp finished his career No. 1 with 78 career doubles wins at Memphis and No. 2 with 60 career singles victories. Stapp graduated from the University of Memphis in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science.
"I am very fortunate to have available here in Memphis a great friend and coach who can step right into the assistant coaching position," Walker said. "Ben was and is an outstanding player, as I know from first-hand experience with him carrying the load of our college doubles success. He was a great balance to my game style and personality on court, and I know he will be a great balance to me coaching together as well. He is an excellent coach and most of our team already has a great relationship with him from us all being at the Racquet Club together. He's experienced every level of the sport and I'm excited to learn from him as we both get started."
After his time at Memphis, Stapp began playing on the USTA Futures and Challengers circuit where he reached as high as the 700s in the ATP doubles rankings. In singles, Stapp defeated several top-300 players and some ranked in the top 100. Stapp has served as the director of the 10 and under tennis program at The Racquet Club of Memphis since fall 2010 and represents Memphis on the Tennessee committee for the program.
Stapp previously served as a volunteer assistant coach for the women's tennis team during the 2010-11 season, helping the Lady Tigers to a 16-10 record. In 2011, Memphis captured its first C-USA First Team Singles selection in program history with sophomore Courtney Collins earning the honor and its first C-USA Newcomer of the Year honoree with junior transfer Mariya Slupska.
Stapp also served as a volunteer assistant for the men's program for 2011-12 season, helping guide the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance and a runner-up finish in the C-USA Championships.