Release courtesy of Hanover Athletics
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College Athletic Department has announced Eric LaRue as the new men’s and women’s head tennis coach.
LaRue will take over the reins of both tennis programs after former head coach, Ryan Miller, stepped away this past spring to pursue an opportunity at his alma mater, Indiana University.
The Hanover tennis squads have enjoyed a bevy of success recently, especially on the women’s side, as the team has won four straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championships, while also adding conference tournament championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The men have posted double-digit victories in each of the last two seasons, while also appearing in back-to-back HCAC Tournament semifinals.
“I want to thank Lynn Hall and the rest of the administrative staff at Hanover for the opportunity to be the head tennis coach at the College,” stated LaRue. “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to build on the success Coach Miller and Coach [Devon] Sharpe have built.”
LaRue comes to Hanover after spending the last five seasons as the head men’s and women’s coach at Tennessee Wesleyan University. In his five years with the Bulldogs, LaRue compiled a 70-26 overall record with the men and a 51-41 mark with the women’s team. The TWU men also won the 2015 Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season title and made it to each of the last four AAC tournament championships, compiling a five-year record of 27-4 in league play.
On the women’s side, the Bulldogs went 12-4 in 2014, setting a new school record, as the team has also made it to four straight AAC tournaments, including a runner-up finish in 2017. Tennessee Wesleyan women went 22-13 in conference action during LaRue’s tenure.
Overall, LaRue produced five National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-Americans, seven Daktronics NAIA Academic All-Americans, 25 all-conference and 35 academic all-conference selections between the two teams. LaRue also coached three men’s and two women’s AAC Players of the Year, while adding two AAC Coach of the Year accolades.
Prior to his time at TWU, LaRue spent one season as an assistant coach with NCAA Division I institution, Austin Peay (Tenn.) and three years as the head women’s tennis coach at NCAA Division II, Kentucky Wesleyan.
LaRue recently resided in Athens, Tenn., and has a 10-year old daughter, Natalie.
“I would like to thank Donny Mayfield, the administration, supporters, players and assistant coaches at Tennessee Wesleyan for all of their help toward building a successful tennis program. I am now looking forward to getting to know the returning players, the incoming class and the Hanover Alumni.”