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Akron tennis: Coach signs extension

By George Thomas Published: December 4, 2013

From a University of Akron Athletics Department news release:  University of Akron women's tennis head coach Brandon Padgett has agreed to a two-year contract extension through May 2016, which was recently approved by the University's Board of Trustees. He previously had received a two-year extension in November 2012.

"Brandon has turned our program into one that consistently competes for championships while maintaining its history of high academic achievement," UA Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill said. "We are pleased to be able to extend our commitment and reward him for a job well done."

Now in his fourth season as coach of the Zips, Padgett led his first two Zips squads to Mid-American Conference Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012 – the first two in the history of the program.

In 2013, the UA doubles team of seniors Angelina Jogasuria and Prang Pantusart was selected to compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship, after the entire team advanced to the semifinal round of the MAC Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year and fourth time in program history. Jogasuria and Pantusart ranked 43rd nationally in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll.

"I am extremely pleased and thankful for the belief that Tom, (Senior Associate AD/Senior Woman Administrator) Mary Lu Gribschaw and the University has shown in our abilities as a coaching staff," Padgett said. "We continue to work hard every day to provide the best overall experience for our student-athletes. This contract extension sends a message to current and future players that our coaching staff has a love for this University and for our players, and a passion for continued success."

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