Mary Beth Gunn
Mary Beth Gunn sets to begin her third year as head coach of the Southeast Missouri women’s tennis team in 2017-18.
Gunn led SEMO to a remarkable turnaround in her second season. After going 1-19 overall and winless in the Ohio Valley Conference the year before, the Redhawks went 13-8 and finished fifth in the OVC with a 5-4 mark in 2016-17. SEMO advanced to its first OVC Tournament in 10 years as its fifth-place conference finish was the Redhawks best in 20 seasons.
SEMO ended a string of 10-consecutive losing seasons with its winning campaign a year ago, the program’s first since 2005-06 (12-11). The Redhawks also celebrated their first OVC winning record since 1996-97 (6-4).
Gunn coached OVC Freshman of the Year in Oleksandra Doroshenko. Doroshenko, who also earned Second-Team All-OVC accolades, became only the second player in program history to win the coveted award. She led the Redhawks with 16 singles victories and 14 wins in doubles play. Doroshenko ended her 2017 spring by tying the fifth-most singles victories and fourth-most doubles wins in a season at SEMO. She was named OVC Female Athlete of the Week twice and became the first SEMO player to beat an SEC opponent during her stellar rookie campaign.
SEMO’s spring success followed a tremendous fall season. The Redhawks finished their 2016 fall campaign with a 56-47 (.544) singles record and 36-25 (.590) mark in doubles play. SEMO accumulated its most wins and best winning percentage in any fall season of competition.
Gunn was hired as SEMO’s ninth head women’s tennis coach on November 10, 2015.