Can the second time be the charm for a Varsity Athletic Coach? St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) Tennis fans sure hope so with the return of Coach Shedd to the program for the 2018-2019 season.
Former Coach Greg Shedd returns to SMCM in hopes of lifting Seahawk Tennis to new heights. After the resignation of Tyler Robinson as Head Coach of St. Mary’s Men’s and Women’s Tennis, the seahawks turn back to Shedd for 2018-2019 season.
Before taking his three-year hiatus, during which he served as an athletic director and science teacher at Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, Shedd served as Men’s and Women’s head coach for both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. Previously under his leadership, Women’s Tennis was a combined 7-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference over the course of two seasons. Men’s Tennis lagged slightly behind their female counterparts with an overall record of 5-8 in the CAC.
As the position has changed to full-time, Coach Shedd says that coming back to SMCM for the 2018-2019 season felt like the right thing to do. Although former head coach Tyler Robinson experienced very similar success in his three seasons, Shedd believes the Seahawks now and always have room for improvement. In order to win what he describes as “in tennis, an extremely difficult conference,” he says they will specifically need to work hard in analyzing their opponents; using their every advantage to win matches.
Additionally, Seahawk Tennis will now have the benefit of Shedd’s undivided attention. Coach Shedd told the Point News, “Being my full-time job now, I can be more singularly focused on coaching and recruiting, making nearly every aspect of the program stronger than before.”
Shedd knows what success looks like too. As a player at Frostburg State University, He accumulated 86 wins, including many at the number one line, before graduating in 2009. The road to dominance will not be easy though. St. Mary’s Tennis graduated six seniors in 2018, including captains on both the men’s and women’s teams.
As leaders graduate, however, others will always fill in the gaps to replace them. Senior Jon Gorel is specifically excited about St. Marys’ young players. “They have a lot of excitement,” he said “They’re working really hard in practice and you can see they’re going to get a lot better”. Shedd is fortunate enough to have the Seahawks’ top three men’s players, including Gorel, from last season returning this year.
In 2018, both the men’s and women’s team have their sights set on the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs. This spring, the top five teams from the conference will make the cut to the postseason. Gorel and the seahawks hope to be among them. Despite it being his first season back, expectations for Shedd are high, but returners like Gorel seem to think that he’s more than capable of being the right leader for the Seahawks.
Men’s and Women’s Tennis have their home-opener on Saturday, Oct. 6, against Catholic University. Regardless of the outcome, Shedd and both teams are excited for another year of tennis, because no matter what, the Seahawks will fight to win every point.