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Derek Schwandt assumed his role as Liberty Men’s Tennis Head Coach in May 2017.
In Schwandt’s first year as head coach, he guided Liberty to a 4-0 start in the Big South for the first time in program history. The Flames captured 12 matches in 2018, a five-win improvement from the previous year. For his efforts, he was named Big South Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year.
Schwandt instructed two Big South All-Conference selections in Sam Matheson (first team) and Chase Burton (second team). Matheson was among the top-125 singles players in the country in the 2017-18 Oracle/ITA Division I Men’s Collegiate Tennis Rankings seven times during the spring season.
Schwandt came to Liberty after serving as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech (2013-17), Fresno State (2011-12) and Virginia (2009-10). Schwandt helped his teams claim four conference titles and advance to the NCAA Men’s Team Championship seven times.
Beck Pennington joined the Liberty’s mens tennis staff in July 2017 following a distinguished five-year playing career at the University of Kentucky.
In Pennington’s first year as an assistant coach for the Flames, he helped lead Liberty to a 4-0 start in the Big South for the first time in program history. The Flames captured 12 matches in 2018, a five-win improvement from the previous year. Pennington instructed two Big South All-Conference selections in Sam Matheson (first team) and Chase Burton (second team).
“Beck is an extremely hard worker and fierce competitor,” Liberty Men’s Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt said. “He developed his game and coaching philosophy under Cedric Kauffmann (195 ATP Singles, Kentucky head coach) and legendary ATP Tour coach Bill Tym. I’m excited to see Beck’s energy and impact on our training environment and team culture. He knows what it takes to compete at the top level of college tennis.”