Hammond to not return as TCU women’s coach

Jefferson Hammond will not return as head coach of the TCU women’s tennis program in 2010-11, Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte announced Saturday. Hammond has elected to pursue other opportunities.

“We appreciate Jefferson Hammond’s contribution to TCU and the time and effort he put into the women’s tennis program,” Del Conte said. “We wish him the very best in the future.”

A two-time Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, Hammond recently completed his fourth season at the helm of the Horned Frog women’s program after succeeding former head coach Dave Borelli, who moved over to the TCU men’s program in 2006-07. Hammond led the Frogs to a 64-45 overall record, two MWC regular-season championships and two conference tournament titles in his four seasons. Previously the assistant coach for the women’s squad under Borelli for two seasons, he helped lead TCU to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his six seasons on campus.

“TCU has been an incredible place to work,” Hammond said. “I will miss the players and all the great people at TCU. I am fortunate to walk away with six years of terrific memories.”

Hammond aided the TCU women in their unprecedented string of success that has continued over the past 15 years. The program has finished ranked now lower than No. 56 nationally at the end of each season since 1996-97. Eight of the team’s nine conference championships have come during the run, in addition to every one of the school’s 13 NCAA tournament berths.

A search for Hammond’s replacement will begin immediately.

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