07/11/2014
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Evan Clark
Position: Head Coach
Phone: (910) 962-7714
Email: clarke@uncw.edu

Evan Clark begins his second season with the UNCW women’s tennis program after leading the Seahawks to their first appearance in the CAA finals in 2012-13.

A former collegiate standout and University of Maryland assistant men’s coach Clark was named the 11th head women’s tennis coach in UNCW history on Aug. 17, 2012.

The 29-year-old Clark served as an assistant coach at three different NCAA Division I institutions – Missouri-Kansas City, Penn State and Maryland – and helped the Terrapins climb to No. 38 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association men’s rankings in 2011-12.

Last season, Clark piloted the Seahawks to a 14-7 record, with eight wins in their last 10 matches. The UNCW women defeated Hofstra and James Madison in the CAA Championships before falling to No. 49 William & Mary in the conference finale.

Kelly Cameron and Alyssa Ritchie fashioned identical 16-4 singles records to lead the team, which finished with a 74-40 (.649) mark in singles. Christine Kharkevitch carved out a 14-6 record for the second-most wins in her first year with the team.

In doubles, the Seahawks compiled a 33-22 (.600) record, led by All-CAA doubles teams Kelly Cameron-Miller Hales and Kharkevitch-Ritchie.

Five different women earned All-CAA honors, including Angie Sekely, who became just the second player in school history to take home First-Team accolades.

A native of Liberty, Mo., Clark was the Missouri 4A state high school champion in 2002 with a perfect 31-0 record and was named the Tennis Male Athlete-of-the-Year by The Kansas City Star. He went on to earn First-Team All Mid-Continent Conference honors twice (2003 and 2004) at UMKC before closing out his collegiate career at Arkansas.

Clark served as Director of Junior Development at Woodside Racquet Club in Kansas City before embarking on his collegiate coaching career as an assistant women’s coach at UMKC in January of 2005.

The Missouran then worked briefly as Director of Junior Development and Junior Competition for the USTA Missouri Valley (Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma) before accepting a position as assistant women’s coach at Penn State. Following a two-year stay in State College, where he played a major role in recruiting key players currently enrolled in the program, Clark moved to Maryland in the fall of 2010.

In College Park, Clark helped the Terp men secure their first NCAA Tournament berth (2011) and inaugural victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, beating Michigan, 4-2. He also helped Maryland nail down victories over ACC rivals Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech and UNC Chapel Hill. Last season, UM scaled to No. 38 in the ITA poll and featured the ninth-ranked doubles team of Maros Horny and John Collins.

 

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