CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Washington College head men's and women's tennis coach David Donn has announced the hiring of Jim Orange as an assistant coach for the programs. Orange has over four decades of experience in the tennis world and is no stranger to Washington College tennis. He has maintained an association with the teams since 1985, serving as a volunteer coach several times and spent the last five years as a manager for Schottland Tennis Center, heading up the resurfacing of the facility's courts in 2011.
During the 2012 season, Orange served as the head tennis coach at nearby Gunston Day School, leading the boys team to an 11-0 record - the first undefeated season in the school's 101-year history. The Herons went on to win the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) Championship Tournament with 35 points. The tournament's runner-up finished with three points.
Orange has over 40 years of experience as a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) level one professional. He has been ranked number one numerous times throughout all age groups in the Middle States Tennis Section. In both 2009 and 2010 he was ranked number one in 75s in Middle States. Orange was the 1970 New Jersey men's champion and won two 35-and-over American Tennis Association (ATA) national titles in hard court and two United States Tennis Association (USTA) intersectional indoor titles. He has been ranked number one in men's doubles and mixed doubles in Middle States numerous times and has been ranked as high as third nationally. He won the first Washington College Men's Open Championship Tournament.
Orange also previously owned and managed tennis clubs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey during the 1970s and 1980s, coaching a number of top junior players and professional tour players. He is the author of the tennis teaching manual Axioms of Championship Tennis.
Orange earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1956.