GC Sports Information Director
Coach Kevin Calhoun
Kevin Calhoun has spent almost half of his life at Georgetown College. The 1998 graduate was a standout tennis player as a Tiger – four-time, all-conference player – and returned to coach for 12 years â€“ the first two as an assistant.
â€śMy time at Georgetown College has been precious to me,â€ť Calhoun said. â€śThe opportunity to serve my alma mater, a place I believe in, has been amazing. I was given the chance to learn and grow here as a coach, mentor and leader. Georgetown College played a large role in my becoming what I am today, and it will always have a special place in my heart.â€ť
His deep roots and connection with Georgetown is why a recent decision to accept University of Kentuckyâ€™s offer to be the womenâ€™s tennis assistant coach was not an easy one. However, in the end he knew it was the right one.
â€śI am looking forward to coaching players in the SEC, arguably the best tennis conference in the country,â€ť Calhoun said. â€śI will have the opportunity to learn from coach Carlos Drada, a great tennis mind. It will be a challenge, but I was prepared by Georgetown College for it in every possible manner.â€ť
Calhoun knows this door was opened to him because of the level of success Georgetown College has had during his tenure.
â€śThis opportunity shows that Georgetown College tennis has earned the respect of other programs,â€ť Calhoun said. â€śWe have consistently been in the Top 25 of the NAIA and others have noticed.â€ť
GCâ€™s women finished No. 22 this year and advanced all the way to the conference finals before losing to No. 14 Lindsey Wilson.
Coach Kevin Calhoun working with the Tennis team.
Calhoun leaves GC with a 172-173 record overall. The women were 99-77 in those years and advanced to the conference tournament finals every year. He was Mid-South Conference Womenâ€™s Coach of the Year in 2001, 2004 and 2007.
â€śKevin did a great job of building the Georgetown tennis program over the past 12 years. His teams were always competitive and his student-athletes performed well academically,â€ť GC Director of Athletics Eric Ward said. â€śKevin understands the balance necessary to be a successful, collegiate student-athlete. He has always been, as a player and as a coach, a tremendous representative of Georgetown College. He is well prepared for the next chapter of his coaching career and will do well at the University of Kentucky.â€ť
The Tiger women advanced to the NAIA National tournament three times â€“ 2001, 2002 and 2008, while the men qualified in 2001 and 2002. GC also had nine womenâ€™s doubles teams advance to nationals and two menâ€™s teams.
One of his favorite memories, along with all the national tournament teams, is when the 2008 womenâ€™s team defeated Southern Nazarene, which was then ranked 10th in the country.