Edinboro tennis sees second coach in program history

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 9:20 PM
Edinboro tennis sees second coach in program history by Erica Burkholder
Graphic: Britton Rozzelle

Edinboro University’s men’s and women’s tennis coach, Kody Duncan, began his personal college search by looking at what college degrees other tennis coaches held. He found a significant number of coaches have human performance degrees, which ultimately led him to Edinboro, where he was a student-athlete from 2011 to 2015.

After being an assistant tennis coach at Allegheny College for a few months, Duncan accepted the coaching position at Edinboro.

During his playing career at Edinboro, he was 43-26 in singles matches and 26-28 in doubles. He earned All-PSAC accolades his sophomore year. He played on two PSAC championship teams and played an important part in the 2013-14 season in which Edinboro finished 19-9 and made it to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Duncan is only the second coach in Edinboro’s tennis history. Lee Underwood was the only previous coach of the new era of tennis at Edinboro. The tennis program was cut in 2003 and brought back in 2010.

When he found out he received the coaching spot, Duncan was elated. He never thought he would get the opportunity to coach at his alma mater. 

“Life throws curveballs at you. This opportunity came about, and I wasn’t going to let it go.”

Duncan feels some pressure as he steps into his former coach’s role, “just because they’ve been successful.” Duncan knows “the women’s and men’s team made nationals last year.”

Duncan believes his experience as an athlete at Edinboro will help him as he coaches. He plans to draw on his personal experiences to help give his players advice when he needs to. He believes the fact that he’s familiar with the campus has helped him help the players on the team.

“I think a very important thing when it comes to coaching is having experience with similar situations those athletes might deal with on a daily basis or specifically a match.”

Looking forward, Duncan hopes to continue the success of the tennis programs at Edinboro. He acknowledges that the women’s team lost valuable seniors last year, but he believes they can continue to succeed at the level they achieved last season. He believes the men’s team can maintain their success and win a conference championship.

“I am honored to be here. I am going to do my very best to not disappoint anyone that is a tennis fan and hopefully we’ll have a successful season.”

Erica Burkholder can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com. 

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