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Women's Tennis
John Ware
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Alma Mater: Georgia
Graduating Year: 1995
Phone: (910) 962-7714
Email: warej@uncw.edu

Former University of Kentucky assistant coach John Ware enters his 14th year with the Seahawk women's tennis program this season since joining the staff in 2000.

During his tenure with the Seahawks, UNCW has placed 41 players on the CAA All-Conference squads, including former standouts Lindsey Hess and Christina Lee, who were honored on five different occasions by the CAA's coaches.

Last season, six different players earned All-CAA honors as the Seahawks went 14-7 and advanced to the conference championship match for the first time.

In 2012, the Seahawks reached the semifinals of the CAA championship tournament for the fourth time since Ware's arrival. UNCW also knocked off 38th-ranked Georgia State early in the season, the program's top win against a ranked team. The win propelled the Seahawks into the national rankings at 67th, matching the program's previous high mark set in 2010-11.

Alyssa Ritchie became UNCW's first CAA Rookie-of-the-Year in 2012, when she shared the award with Aleksandra Mitrovska of Old Dominion. Ritchie led the Seahawks with a 17-3 record as a freshman.

Ware has extensive playing and coaching experience. He competed collegiately for Valdosta State's top-20 team from 1989-90 and has served on the staffs at the Athens (Ga.) Country Club and Jennings Mills Country Club.

The 42-year-old native of Athens began his collegiate coaching career with the Kentucky Wildcats in 1999-00 and was involved with all aspects of the Wildcat's program before moving to Wilmington.

Ware completed his bachelor's degree in Finance from Georgia in 1995. He also earned a degree in Liberal Studies from UNCW in 2011.

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