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Hannah Fetters, who has spent the past six seasons as the head women’s tennis coach at the University of New Haven (Conn.), has been named the head coach of App State Tennis, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Tuesday.
“We are excited to welcome Hannah and her family to the App State family,” Gillin said. “Hannah’s values align with our core mission of academic integrity, competitive excellence, social responsibility and a world-class experience. We are excited about the future of App State Tennis under her leadership.”
App State will hold a press conference on Tuesday, August 15, on the fifth floor of the Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex to introduce Fetters. The press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m., and the event is open to members of the public who would like to attend.
Fetters led a record-setting turnaround in her six seasons at New Haven, directing the Division II program to its two most successful seasons in recorded program history and advancing to the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs for six consecutive years after the program had not earned a playoff berth in the previous seven.
“I would like to thank Doug Gillin, Erika Cheung and the entire search committee for this amazing opportunity,” Fetters said. “I’m honored and enthusiastic to be coming in to lead the App State Tennis program. My coaching philosophy revolves around creating a strong team culture, both athletically and academically, in order to help student-athletes reach their greatest potential. I am committed to representing App State and the community with passion, integrity and drive. I can’t wait to get started working with this amazing group of athletes to motivate and build an even stronger winning momentum within the Sun Belt Conference.”
Inheriting a program that had not posted a double-digit win season in recorded history, Fetters immediately led the Chargers to 10 wins in her inaugural season in 2017-18, followed by 12 wins in 2018-19, 10 in 2021-22, and a program-record 14 last year.
he 2022-23 campaign saw New Haven rack up a 14-8 final record and earn a top-seven regional ranking for the first time in program history. The team also featured a top-50 nationally ranked doubles team.
Fetters coached 11 different players to all-conference accolades, including NE10 Rookie of the Year accolades presented to Stephanie Gonzalez following the fall 2017 campaign.
Fetters also led the Chargers to first two wins over Division I opponents, as they took down Providence in 2021 and Holy Cross in 2022.
Fetters came to New Haven following two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Southwest Minnesota State University (2105-16 and 2016-17), where she helped lead the Mustangs to double their win total in 2017, including a 9-0 sweep of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival Minnesota Crookston.
While at Southwest Minnesota State, she earned her master’s degree in physical education, coaching of sport in May 2017.
Fetters was a four-year tennis standout at Huntingdon College (Ala.) where she was one of just two players in the program’s NCAA era to win at least 100 career matches. For her career, Fetters combined for a 116-46 record with a 62-19 mark in singles play and a 54-27 record in double action. She was a four-time all-conference selection, twice each in the Great South Athletic Conference and the USA South Athletic Conference, and was a part of two conference runner-up teams in the GSAC. She also competed in cross country as a freshman and served as the Vice President for the Hawks Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Fetters graduated from Huntingdon in May 2015 with her bachelor’s degree in athletic training.
A native of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Fetters and her husband, Cory, have a son, Finn.