SPRING ARBOR, MI – The Spring Arbor University athletic office announced on Tuesday the hiring of Bobby Pratt as the next Head Coach of the Women's Tennis program. Pratt is the University's Assistant Dean of Students, a position he has held since 2008. Pratt will take over a program that is on the rise, after the retirement of Peggy Calderone last month after 21 seasons.
As a SAU Alumnus, Pratt is certainly no stranger to the Spring Arbor University tennis programs. He was a member of Terry Darling's team from 1988-1992. After graduating from the Arbor, Pratt served as an assistant coach for Darling from 1992-1994.
"Bobby's tennis background, desire for excellence, exceptional people skills and desire to see our students grow in their faith will help him to take our women's program to the next level," said Coach Darling.
Pratt also served as Vice President of the Jackson Area Tennis Association (JATA) from 2010-2013.
A task for every new coach is to become familiar with the players on the team and learn their strengths and weaknesses, and as the Assistant Dean of Students, he is already ahead of the curve on getting to know the girls.
"I am thrilled to be named the new head coach of SAU Women's Tennis," commented Pratt. "I am excited to get started and build on the success of the women's team this past year. I look forward to helping the team reach the next level in their development as competitors and members of the SAU community."