LEXINGTON, Ky. – Aiming to continue the tradition of two winning programs, Kevin Calhoun has been named Head Coach for the Transylvania men's and women's tennis teams.
"I am excited to welcome Kevin to our team," said Director of Athletics Dr. Holly Sheilley. "His experience coupled with his character makes this an ideal situation for us. He has strong character and competence which gives me great trust in what he will do at Transylvania."
Calhoun's appointment with Transylvania Tennis carries him just a few blocks down Lexington from his most recent position at the University of Kentucky, where he served as the women's tennis assistant coach for the past six years.
"Transylvania Tennis has long been represented by high character young men and women, and it is humbling to me to continue the great tradition of Pioneer Tennis," said Calhoun. "I'm excited to work with Dr. Sheilley and Keith Cecil to bring championships to Lexington and have a program which will make the alumni of Transy Tennis proud."
During his time as an assistant coach for the Wildcats women's tennis team, Kentucky made great strides, improving from a two-win season upon his arrival in 2010 to an 18-win season and a top-15 national ranking this past season.
Under Calhoun's guidance, the Wildcats produced the doubles tandem of Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjadi, who became the first Kentucky duo to reach a quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament in over a decade. The two were named All-Americans this past season, becoming the ninth and tenth student-athletes under Calhoun's tutelage to achieve All-American status.
Calhoun has forged a career built upon success and top-level results that preceded his tenure at the University of Kentucky; a 1998 graduate of Georgetown College (Ky.), Calhoun served as the head men's and women's tennis coach from 2000 through 2010, developing eight All-Americans and earning the 2010 East Region NAIA Women's Tennis Coach of the Year award.
"We will recruit young men and women who will represent themselves on the court and off," continued Calhoun. "I'm very enthusiastic about providing an extraordinary experience for the students, and helping them build relationships with teammates which will never fade."
Calhoun also served as the Assistant Director of Athletics for the Georgetown athletic department from 2002 to 2008.
In addition to his coaching duties at multiple Central Kentucky institutions, Calhoun was an official for the ATP and WTA professional tennis tours. Between 1998 and 2007, these assignments saw Calhoun officiate two women's singles finals at the US Open along with matches at Wimbledon and the Davis Cup.
A return to glory for Kentucky women's tennis in 2016 culminated a six-year odyssey for Calhoun, who coached three All-SEC selections, three All-SEC freshman selections, one regional Rookie of the Year, an SEC Brad Davis award winner, and an Elite 89 award recipient.
Asked to describe his approach which has generated impressive results at Kentucky and Georgetown, Calhoun said: "I am an upbeat, positive coach that helps student-athletes develop a confident mindset that allows them to play as the best version of themselves."
Calhoun will begin his head coaching duties at Transylvania immediately as the women's team commences their 2016-17 season action on September 3 at the Depauw Fall Invitational in Greencastle, Indiana.