Davidson’s men’s and women’s tennis programs will have a new place to play their home matches next year once work is complete on a dozen new hard-surface tennis courts.
Construction began in early August on the 12-court outdoor complex to replace the college’s current 12 hard courts and two clay courts, which are not up to standards and are beginning to show their age.
The new courts are being installed in an area behind the Baker Sports Complex and will meet all NCAA and U.S. Tennis Association standards for court size and separation between the courts.
The six-by-two court configuration will be oriented north-to-south, also an industry standard, with half of the courts equipped with spectator grandstands. Infrastructure for the addition of lights will also be installed, with the actual lights and lightstands being installed at a later date.
The new courts will allow both the men’s and women’s teams to play matches concurrently.
“Our players are extremely excited about the improvements,” Davidson men’s tennis coach Drew Barrett said in a prepared release. “In terms of recruiting, it will put us on the same footing facilities-wise as our new Atlantic 10 conference opponents and other top teams nationwide.”
The men’s and women’s locker rooms at the Knobloch Tennis Center will also be renovated and enlarged as part of the $1.55 million project, which school officials said would be completed by February 2015.
Once the new courts are in place, school officials plan to remove the current court complex and turn it into a green area that will serve as the start/finish area for Davidson’s cross-country course, which will also undergo some renovations and additions.
Men’s basketball staff
Davidson’s men’s basketball team has promoted former Wildcats player Will Reigel and added another former player, Will Thoni, to head coach Bob McKillop’s staff for the 2014-2015 season.
Reigel, who played for Davidson from 2008-2012, was promoted to assistant coach, while Thoni, who completed his eligibility last season, will take over Reigel’s former spot as assistant for program development.
Reigel, a Charlotte Latin graduate and two-time team captain with the Wildcats, was a part of Davidson’s team that won the Southern Conference tournament title in 2012 and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
Thoni, who graduated from Davidson last May with a degree in sociology, spent three seasons as the Wildcats’ student manager before earning a walk-on roster spot his senior year.
“They are mirrors of what the Davidson College basketball program represents – committed to hard work, loyal and great teammates,” McKillop said in a prepared release. “They bring to our staff the same values and talents they brought to the team. We use the word ‘families’ with great respect to our program. We are proud they are such great examples of our basketball family.”
Davidson’s women’s lacrosse team has been named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) academic honor squad for the 2014 season.
The Wildcats were among 84 NCAA Division I teams earning the IWLCA award, which went to programs with a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Davidson set a school record for wins last season, going 12-7 overall and 6-1 in Big South conference play. The Wildcats advanced to the conference tournament’s championship game, but lost to High Point.