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Kennett Named Saint Mary's Men's Tennis Coach

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MORAGA, Calif. -- For the first time in more than 20 years the Saint Mary's College men's tennis program has a new head coach.

Saint Mary's Director of Athletics and Recreation Mark Orr welcomed former Gaels women's assistant Greg Kennett back to campus to lead the SMC men's program. He replaces Michael Wayman, who retired over the summer after more than two decades of service to the College.

"I am really pleased to announce that the Saint Mary's men's tennis student-athletes have a wonderful mentor, coach and role model in Greg Kennett," said Orr. "He has a strong tennis background at a variety of levels, including as a head coach.  But, what is really impressive is the fact that he shares the same vision, ideals and values that embody the educational and athletic experience at Saint Mary's College.

"I am confident Greg will lead our program to success, both on and off the court, and that the vibrant local tennis community will enjoy having him at Saint Mary's."

Kennett joins the Saint Mary's program after serving as a tennis instructor for two years at Marin Tennis Club in San Rafael. From 2009-13 he served as the head men's coach at Dominican University, following stints as an assistant men's coach at Cal and women's assistant at Saint Mary's.

"I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity provided by Mark Orr and Saint Mary's administration to lead the Gaels' men's tennis program," said Kennett.  "I am honored to follow one of the Bay Area's great tennis coaches in Michael Wayman.  Michael has accomplished so much in tennis and has earned tremendous respect from the tennis community.  I can only hope to achieve the same.  

"I look forward to working with the great people associated with Saint Mary's and developing its student-athletes to become outstanding young men and win championships.  I know we can create and maintain a great program and I absolutely cannot wait to get started."

A 1991 graduate of the University of Illinois, Kennett served eight seasons as the head men's tennis coach at Illinois State.  He led the Redbirds to winning records six times and was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2006.  

From 2005-07 he served as a member of the NCAA men's tennis selection committee, which is responsible for selecting the 64 men's teams in singles and doubles entries that compete for the opportunity to play for a national championship.