Oct. 4, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University tennis Coach John Mercer announced the hiring of former Thundering Herd standout player Kellie Schmitt as assistant coach on Thursday.
“It’s awesome to have Kellie back here at Marshall,” Mercer said. “She is an example of the type of person that our team and university are proud to call an alumnus, and she will be a great role model for the student-athletes we currently have on the team.”
Schmitt, who turns 25 today, returns to Marshall after spending the last three years as the assistant coach at Joey Blake’s Topnotch Tennis Academy in Scottsdale, Ariz. While there, Schmitt helped coach and develop student-athletes who were nationally ranked in the top 10 and top 50 of their age divisions. Eight of those players went on to become national tournament champions. In her spare time, she also traveled across the country, holding high performance tennis camps for the U.S. Tennis Association.
While at Marshall from 2006-09, Schmitt was a team captain and three-time Conference USA Player of the Year. She was selected All-C-USA first team in each of her four seasons. She still holds five Herd records and her 127 career victories ranks first in Marshall tennis history.
“Her ability from having played at such a high level will make her a great assistant for a while to come,” Mercer said. “It’s awesome to have her back with us.”
Schmitt, a Pittsburgh native, also has worked in other tennis interests. She has served as a professional at the Pittsburgh Field Club, Oxford Athletic Club, and Club for Life. She also interned with ProTenn International after graduating in 2009. Schmitt has joined the Herd team for its current fall tournament at William & Mary.