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Tennis: Mendoza and Erazo to be LWC Interim Head Coaches
By Christopher Coombs
Gema Mendoza and Camilo Erazo have been tabbed to serve as the Lindsey Wilson Tennis Interim Head Coaches, athletics director Willis Pooler announced on Friday.
"Promoting Gema Mendoza and Camilo Erazo to the roles of interim head women's and men's tennis coach is a great short-term plan for our athletics department," Pooler said. "They are both very familiar with our tennis program and student-athletes. It will also allow our athletes to have a head coach that is focused specifically on their team. I look forward to working with them this spring and helping them lead successful programs."
The pair will split duties over the program with Erazo focusing on the men's side and Mendoza taking over the reins of the women's program. Erazo is a former LWC men's tennis student-athletes and Mendoza has served as an LWC tennis graduate assistant and has a strong collegiate tennis resume.
Before Lindsey Wilson, Mendoza competed for four years at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia. Mendoza had a very successful career for the Rams as she was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Female Tennis Player of the Year in 2017. Additionally, she was named Appalachian Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, All-Freshman Team, and All-Conference Team.
Outside of her playing career, Mendoza has worked as a tennis coach/counselor at the Twins City Tennis Camp in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 2017-2020.
Mendoza graduated from Bluefield College with a Bachelor of Science as she double majored in business and sport management.
Erazo competed for four seasons with the Blue Raiders earning NAIA All-American status three times as well as one ITA All-American honor and an ITA National Rookie of the Year. He was also tabbed the Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year in 2018 and is a four-time MSC First-Team All-Conference selection.
The native of Popayan, Colombia graduated from Lindsey Wilson in the spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Art's degree.
This story was posted on 2022-01-07 13:00:43
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