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Shook becomes first full-time tennis coach at Lindsey Wilson

School takes program to new level. Coach Shook can now concentrate solely on leading the Blue Raiders' nationally ranked tennis programs.

By Chris Wells, LWC Sports Information Director

COLUMBIA, KY - Bill Shook has been named Lindsey Wilson College's first full-time tennis coach, school officials announced today, Wednesday, December 23, 2009.

Shook served as volleyball coach and men's and women's tennis coach this fall. He will now concentrate solely on leading the Blue Raiders' nationally ranked tennis programs.

A national search will begin immediately to find Shook's successor in volleyball.

"This is an ideal time to restructure the coaching duties of the volleyball and tennis programs, and we are fortunate to have the resources that allow us to do so," said Lindsey Wilson Athletics Director Willis Pooler. "Coach Shook will continue to guide our highly successful tennis programs, and we will begin the search to find a coach to take over our volleyball program."

Shook said he is excited about the opportunity to devote all of his time on tennis.

"Lindsey Wilson is such a great place for student-athletes," he said. "I loved working with the student-athletes in the volleyball program, but I'm looking forward to spending all of my time with tennis."

Since 2002-03, one person has concurrently served as coach of Lindsey Wilson volleyball and men's and women's tennis teams.

"This an excellent opportunity to move both programs forward," Pooler said. "I'm pleased both programs' student-athletes will have their own full-time coaches, who will be dedicated to developing their teams and each player individually.

"With Coach Shook leading our tennis program, our attention turns to finding the best possible coach that embraces the college's mission while providing our student-athletes with an enjoyable and successful collegiate athletic experience."

The Lindsey Wilson women's tennis program has appeared in the last four NAIA national semifinals, and the men's tennis program has reached the national tournament the last seven seasons.

In 2009, the Blue Raider volleyball team was 10-25 and reached the Mid-South Conference Tournament semifinals. Lindsey Wilson loses three seniors from this season's squad, which was composed mostly of underclassmen.

This story was posted on 2009-12-23 11:48:40
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