Oliver Reynolds Named Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach

Oliver Reynolds Named Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach

 Reynolds most recently served as associate head men's and women's tennis coach at The College of Charleston where he won a conference championship.  
∙ Reynolds previously served as interim head men's tennis coach at The Citadel.
∙ Reynolds is a 2011 graduate of Samford University, where he played Division I tennis and won two conference titles.
∙ "I can sense a strong feeling of family at Washington College and I look forward to being a part of Goose Nation."

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Washington College Director of Athletics Thad Moore has announced the hiring of Oliver Reynolds as the College's new head men's and women's tennis coach. Reynolds is a former Division I tennis player who spent the past three seasons on the coaching staff at The College of Charleston and formerly served as the interim head men's tennis coach at The Citadel.

"Oliver will be a great addition to our staff," Moore noted. "His experience coaching and playing at the highest collegiate level will benefit our student-athletes immediately and his demonstrated dedication to recruiting will positively impact our teams long-term. We look forward to working with him as he leads our program both on and off the court."

"I am grateful for the opportunity Thad Moore and the rest of the search committee have presented me with. I feel confident there was a great set of candidates to select from and I feel honored to be chosen for the position," Reynolds remarked. "Washington College tennis already has established a strong foundation, thanks to the great coaching staff that has come before me. They have laid the groundwork for success and I feel confident that both programs will be able to compete at a high level. With the incredible facilities that Washington College has, I know we have the tools we need to be successful."

Reynolds was promoted to associate head coach of both the men's and women's tennis teams at Charleston last September after serving as an assistant coach for both programs for two seasons. With Reynolds on staff, the Cougars' men's team went 48-25 over three seasons, winning the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship and advancing to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2016 after finishing as the conference runner-up the previous season. The Cougars' women's team was 48-34 over that same span, reaching the championship match of the CAA Tournament in 2015. Reynolds was heavily involved with the Cougars' recruiting efforts, fundraising, and community service outreach program.

"Coming from two amazing programs at the College of Charleston, I feel well-equipped for this next chapter," Reynolds reflected. "I had two top-tier coaches to work with and learn from. Both Jay Bruner and Angelo Anastapoulo are talented coaches and always were supportive of me taking on greater responsibilities as the associate head coach."

The Citadel provided Reynolds with his first college coaching job in January 2012, when he came aboard as a men's tennis assistant coach. He was elevated to interim head men's tennis coach 13 months later at just 24 years old. Reynolds guided the Bulldogs to a 7-14 mark that spring, their best record in any of their past seven seasons.  

Reynolds was also a Bulldog at Samford University, where he played collegiate tennis for four seasons and served as a team captain as a senior. Those Bulldogs won the Ohio Valley Conference Championship during Reynolds's freshman campaign and the Southern Conference Championship his senior year, advancing to the NCAA Division I Tournament both seasons. He played No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles during his senior season and finished his collegiate career with a 53-31 singles record and a 41-31 doubles mark. 

Reynolds, 28, earned a B.S. in Business Administration - Finance from Samford in 2011. He has previously worked in the financial world and also spent four summers as the head tennis professional at Northeast Harbor Swim & Tennis Club in Maine. At Washington College, he replaces Jason Ringstad, who resigned as head men's and women's tennis coach in May to attend law school. 

The Washington College men's and women's tennis teams went 12-6 and 10-8, respectively, last spring as both teams qualified for the five-team Centennial Conference Tournament. The Shoremen won the NCAA Division III National Championship in 1994 and again in 1997 and have won 20 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) and Centennial Conference Championships in their history. The Shorewomen were MAC Champions in 1991 and Centennial Co-Champions in 2002. 

"I will encourage both Washington College tennis programs to be highly competitive, working towards finishing at the top of the conference and competing for a conference championship," Reynolds stated. "I would also like to see both the men's and women's programs nationally-ranked within the next few seasons. Bringing in strong recruits will be vital in our success."

"Washington College is a beautiful campus. The school has much to offer both academically and athletically. The athletic department has been incredible to work with thus far and I have received many kind words of support from the staff. I can sense a strong feeling of family at Washington College and I look forward to being a part of Goose Nation."

Reynolds will officially begin his duties as head coach on Monday.