NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University Athletic Department and Athletics Director Teresa Phillips have announced the hiring of former Tigers Kyle Burton (2014-16) and Lola Oredugba (2002-06) as Interim Assistant Coaches to the men’s and women’s tennis programs, respectively. Dr. Harriet Hamilton will be appointed as the Interim Director of Tennis.
Hamilton played collegiate basketball for neighboring Fisk University, where she was named Female Athlete of the Year, and coached basketball, volleyball and men's and women's tennis, winning conference championships in each sport, before acquiring her master’s at Florida State and doctorate from Temple University. Hamilton has taught at Tennessee State in the Human Performance and Sport Sciences department for five and a half years, and will now serve as the interim director of tennis for the 2018-19 season.
"I've spent most of my career in athletics and to work in it again is a treat, especially with the tennis team, said Hamilton. "I share the teams' passion for the sport after competing in college, the ATA, and the USTA for many years."
In his two years on the Tiger tennis team, Burton helped the Tigers win its first Ohio Valley Conference match since since 2002, leading TSU with 23 singles wins and 20 doubles victories. After graduating from Tennessee State in 2016, Burton returned to earn his master’s, subsequently serving as a graduate assistant under former head coach Monroe Walker III. While completing his master’s, the Madison, Tennessee, native helped organize a tennis program at the Hadley Park Tennis Center, where he served as a Teaching Pro, coaching students 18 and under.
“It is with great excitement to have the privilege in joining the Tennessee State University nation as a coach, said Burton. “I am truly grateful for this opportunity to be able to coach and lead a group of talented young men. Being a Nashville native and recent graduate it is like I’ve never left. With the support from players and administration, I am truly excited to begin this journey.”
After graduating in 2006, Oredugba, spent time in the pro circuits, competing on four of the world’s continents. Before accepting the position at her alma mater, the Richmond, Missouri, native kick-started her own wellness company, training, conditioning, and coaching tennis.
“As a former Student-Athlete of our very prestigious TSU, I'm thrilled to come on board as assistant coach of the women's tennis team,” said Oredugba. “I competed under Coach Gerald Robinson and it was nothing short of amazing. I've been blessed to play this game since age 7... It's allowed me to build lasting relationships, taught me leadership, self-discipline & integrity, afforded me a college scholarship, and enabled me to compete against the best players from all over the globe. I now have the privilege of cultivating these same things into our current and future players.”
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