William Peace University Expands Male-Student Athletics Department
With New Men’s Tennis Program
Local Four-Year Baccalaureate University Adds Men’s Tennis Program
To Be Led By Veteran Coach Jeron Baker
RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 19, 2013 – William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced the expansion of its athletics department with the addition of a men’s tennis program that will begin in the 2014-15 academic year. The program will be led by Jeron Baker, who has been hired to serve as the head coach for both the William Peace Pacers men’s and women’s tennis programs. Specifically, Baker will be responsible for overseeing the recruitment of high school students and junior college tennis players in an effort to develop the institution’s first tennis team, which will compete in the USA South Division. Additionally, Baker will handle and further develop the women’s tennis program, and instruct participating athletes on how to improve their game and skill sets through practices and matches.
With more than seven years of experience coaching, Baker is a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and played the sport in both high school and college. Prior to joining the university, he spent five years coaching the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Hesston College in Hesston, Kan., leading the men’s team of the private two-year institution to its first national ranking in 2012 in the National Junior College Athletic Association. After receiving an associate of arts degree from Hesston in 2003, Baker received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. A native of Palmyra, Mo., he resides in Raleigh.
The William Peace University women’s tennis team has a reputation for emphasizing strong academics and great gamesmanship, in addition to competitive tennis talent. The Pacers recently won the USA South’s Sportsmanship Award for the fifth consecutive year, which is voted on by all members of each team of the conference.
“William Peace University is proud to announce the expansion of our athletics department with the addition of our men’s tennis program that will begin in the fall of 2014,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Having the tennis program on campus further strengthens our offerings to current and prospective male students, but it would impossible to execute without a strong leadership in place. This is why we are so excited to welcome Jeron as our head men and women’s tennis coach. His many years of experience as well as his passion for the sport make him extremely qualified for the position to lead our current program and develop men’s tennis at William Peace over the coming years.”
“I am proud to join William Peace University and serve as the institution’s head coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis,” said Baker. “I genuinely enjoy helping players develop their natural talents, improve their skill set and watching them succeed at a sport to which I have been devoted for many years. With dedication and hard work, I know we will have a successful season this year.”
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