By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
After four years of being the head coach for the men and women’s tennis team, David Donn decided to leave his position this past July. It took a few weeks for Washington College to find a replacement coach, and they found the right man in newcomer Jason Ringstad. Ringstad, who spent the past two seasons as the assistant coach at Washington and Lee, looks forward to a fresh start at WC.
“WC has been a great experience so far,” said Ringstad. “The community has been extremely welcoming and has made my transition as smooth as possible. The support that our program gets from both the college and the community has been something that I have never seen before.”
The Shoremen, who finished last season with a 10-6 overall record, look to improve under the first year head coach. The team started out last season with an impressive 6-0 record before losing two straight matches. The Shorewomen finished last season with a 10-3 record and also got off to a hot start, winning their first nine matches before losing two straight. However, they went on to win their next six matches before losing their last match of the season. Since the end of last season, Ringstad has most certainly seen improvement.
“Both teams are extremely motivated and have been working hard,” he said. “Both teams have a very large amount of talent and are doing everything that they can to reach their potential. I’m really excited to see how well both teams are playing by the spring.”
Ringstad, who was previously an interim head coach at UC Santa Cruz, looks forward to being the full time head coach at WC. The men’s team has six returning and four new members while the women’s team has 10 returning members and only one new member. Although Ringstad has only known the squad now for a short time, both teams are definitely making the right impression.
“I think that all of the players are worth watching this season,” he said. “Over the two weeks that we’ve been in season so far, everyone has improved significantly, and if they keep it up, we will be a very good team by the spring. I think that we’re going to surprise some teams this year.”
The men and women’s teams will be competing in the ITA Southeast Regional Championships with the women competing Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 and the men competing October 3 through the Oct 5. Both teams will then take a five month break before beginning their season in early March. The team and Ringstad are up for the challenge.
“Both teams are expecting to go deep into the conference tournament at the end of the year,” said Ringstad. “One of our main goals is to win the tournament and advance to the national tournament. Another big goal that both teams have set is to enter the national rankings. Both teams are going to play a lot of highly ranked teams this year which will give us a lot of opportunities to move up the rankings.”