Andrew McClung, Sports Editor • firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 21 2017, the Emory & Henry College athletic department announced Christine Johnston as the new head men’s and women’s tennis coach for the 2017-2018 season.
Johnston comes from Furman University where she spent the last six seasons on the Paladins coaching staff as the Associate Head Coach. Johnston replaces former coach Steve Brooks, who was with E&H for under two years.
“After being the interim head coach at Furman, I realized I wanted to continue to be a head coach and felt like the timing and opportunity to lead the tennis programs at EHC was meant to be, ” said Johnston.
Many students and fans wondered how Johnston found out about the position.
“I was contacted by Myra Sims the AD this summer, I was familiar with the school and the area, as I have family that are alumni and live in Bristol. I came to Emory knowing I wanted to be the head coach at a small school with strong academics and athletics tradition.”
Johnston’s background included a lot of success with her players at Furman. While serving at Furman, she coached a total of 25 All-Southern Conference players, including three SoCon players of the year. The Paladins also won the conference tournament three times and most recently this past season.
Coach Johnston steps into two programs that are currently in different places. The women’s team has made the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament the past two seasons, finishing in fourth place during 2016. The men’s team hasn’t made the ODAC tournament since 2012. Johnston knows that the task ahead will be difficult but she is ready for the challenge.
“I strongly believe that the current team plays a key role in helping to build the standard for what our program stands for and the future success of our teams.”