This spring, Randolph-Macon College’s long-time assistant tennis coach, Charles Gray, was promoted to director of tennis for the men’s and women’s teams.
Coach Gray has been here for over nine years with the tennis program and has worked in every aspect of the program, including recruiting, scheduling, planning and running practices.
Coach Gray’s passion for tennis developed as a young man while he was working at a tennis club, where he “absolutely fell in love with the game.”
His love for the game enabled his career to span over 25 years where he has been able to work with multiple All-ODAC players and doubles, including D1, D2 and D3 players.
As certified by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, the Professional Tennis Registry and the U.S. Tennis Association, Coach Gray has operated his own tennis coaching business, Tennis the Gray Way in Richmond, Va., for over 20 years improving the skills of players at all levels.
Along with his own business, Coach Gray is highly active in the tennis community, such as teaching players in the Special Olympics.
Tennis team captain Connor Hoerr said he believes that in his three years on the team, Coach Gray has contributed to his “development as a person on and off the court, and that his promotion is well deserved.”
As the director of tennis, Coach Gray said he strives for his players to excel in three areas: court, classroom, and community.
While the tennis team holds one of the highest GPAs among R-MC teams, he said he wants to continue being top four in the ODACS.
Coach Gray was voted ODAC Coach of the Year, showing what an integral part he plays in the team’s success; players Ryan Byrd and Michael Baxter were named First Team All-ODAC at number one doubles, while John Adam, Kelsie Grice, Melissa Tomlin and Molly Jesseman all earned Second Team All-ODAC honors.
Coach Gray said he looks forward to building on this season’s accomplishments in an effort to increase the program’s successes next season.
-Jordon Lee ’16, Staff Writer