Former TCU women’s tennis assistant coach Colin Foster was named the head women’s tennis coach at Wichita State University Wednesday, while Former TCU All-American and WTA professional Story Tweedie-Yates has accepted an assistant coach position at Fresno State for the 2009-10 season.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Colin,” TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. “It’s bittersweet to see him leave, but I am so excited to see him get this opportunity. Colin has been such a big part of the program in my three years here. He’s really been my right hand man.”
“His attention to detail, demeanor with the players and overall attitude is phenomenal. He will be missed here for sure. He has meant a lot to our program.”
Foster came to the Metroplex in the fall of 2006, helping to lead TCU to a combined record of 54-28 and a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure. The Frogs’ were also ranked among the nation’s top-30 in each his three seasons. Foster also garnered the Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2008 and 2009.
The Frogs are scheduled to take on the Shockers this season, traveling to Wichita State on March 26.
“It will be exciting to play at Wichita State this spring,” Hammond said. “It will be a little strange coaching against Colin instead of with him, but it will be a lot of fun.”
“Story was a fierce competitor and a leader on the court as a player and she should be the same as a coach,” TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. “It is great to see her with a nice position for a quality team. It is neat to see a former Frog become a coach.”
During Tweedie-Yates’ college career, she earned All-American honors in singles and doubles during her senior year at TCU in 2004-05. She finished the season ranked No. 11 in the final ITA Tennis Singles Rankings and led her squad to the Conference-USA championship match. The Horned Frogs earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament that year and advanced to the second round. She was also the Conference-USA Player of the Year and earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI honors.
Professionally Tweedie-Yates played four years on the WTA tour with 143 singles and 159 doubles matches in her career. She reached a career high singles ranking of 316 on Jan. 15, 2007, and 189 in doubles on May 25, 2009 and competed as recently as August of 2009.
Tweedie-Yates provided private instruction to elite junior players in a Seattle-based club. She also served as a student assistant for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at TCU from 2005-07.