Bobcat Alum, Former Assistant Named Women’s Tennis Coach at NC State

adapted from NC State press release

RALEIGH, N.C. – Former Georgia College tennis player and assistant coach Simon Earnshaw (1993-96), who has guided Armstrong State University’s programs to an NCAA Division II record nine national championships, has been named as head women's tennis coach at NC State.

Earnshaw comes to Raleigh after an historic 15-year run as head men's and women's coach at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga., where he directed its women's program to six national titles, and its men's program to three. He is a four-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Women's Coach of the Year (2004, 2006, 2009, 2012) and 19-time Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Coach of the Year.

A native of Holmfirth, England, he was hired as assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Armstrong Atlantic for the 1998-99 season. A year later he was elevated to the head position and his programs responded by making history.

The numbers speak for themselves. In addition to the nine national titles, his programs reached 13 NCAA Division II finals, 18 Final Fours, 23 NCAA quarterfinals, produced 35 ITA All-Americans, 30 ITA Scholar-Athletes, and 15 ITA All-Academic teams.

Earnshaw earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Georgia College University (GCSU) in 1996, where helped the Bobcats to top 10 national rankings in each of his four seasons as a collegiate tennis player. He served as a graduate assistant for GC Hall of Famer Duward Whelchel for two seasons, earning his Masters of Education in health and physical education in 1998.

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