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Hannah Fetters
Hannah Fetters is approaching her one-year anniversary of being the head women's tennis coach at Appalachian State.
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Appalachian State Offers Contract Extension to Fetters to Continue Coach Women’s Tennis Program

Fresh off leading App State Tennis to its first Sun Belt Tournament championship match and an NIT appearance, head coach Hannah Fetters has earned a contract extension that runs through the 2026-27 season, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Tuesday. The extension was approved by Interim Chancellor Heather Norris and the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

“We are excited about the future of App State Tennis under Hannah’s direction,” Gillin said. “It was fun watching her lead the team to the Sun Belt tournament championship match for the first time in program history in her first season. The future is bright for our tennis program.”

In her first year at the helm of the program, Fetters guided the team to a program record-tying 15 wins, which culminated with two upset wins over higher-seeded Marshall and Troy at the Sun Belt Tournament. This was highlighted by a UTR NIT appearance, App State’s second trip in the last two seasons.

Fetters coached four players to double-digit wins in 2024, including two freshmen, and helped Savannah Dada-Mascoll become an All-Sun Belt first-team selection as she won 21 games, the most in the modern era. Adding to the individual accolades, the Mountaineers took home a program-record three Sun Belt Player of the Week awards under Fetters’ tutelage.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to lead the App State tennis program,” Fetters said. “I’d like to thank the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Norris, Doug Gillin and Erika Cheung for believing in me and trusting the vision I have for this program.

“I also want to thank my assistant coach, Cedric Rupa, for the incredible work he does for this program, as well as our amazing student-athletes, who work hard every day to help us reach our greatest potential. I am excited to continue to build off the success we had in my first year as we push toward bringing home a Sun Belt championship.”

App State was dominant at home in 2023-24, tallying seven wins, which is the most since the team won eight in 2018-19. Additionally, the Mountaineers won six Sun Belt matches, marking the second year in a row that App State has eclipsed at least five conference wins.

Individually, the Mountaineers shined in Fetters’ first year as four different players tallied at least 10 wins in singles play while four others claimed at least 10 doubles wins. Both Maggie Pate and Dada-Mascoll set career highs in singles wins in 2023-24, with Pate winning 15. In their first seasons in the High Country, freshmen Naledi Manyube and Taya Powell posted 12 and 10 wins, respectively.

Off the courts, Fetters’ student-athletes excelled in the classroom as Pate was named to the CSC Academic All-District team, while two athletes garnered Spring 2024 Chancellor’s List honors and four were named to the 2024 Dean’s List. The team has also carried at least a 3.45 cumulative GPA in both semesters under Fetters.