Sept. 13, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Kristen Hall, who has been an assistant at Washington State University for the past year, has been named Wyoming's head women's tennis coach, Athletics Director Gary Barta announced Tuesday.
Hall becomes just the third head women's tennis coach in Cowgirl history. She replaces Pam Wildt, who resigned in August. She will begin her coaching duties on Sept. 15, 2005.
"The Athletics Strategic Plan calls for hiring and retaining great coaches," said Barta. "Kristen's national experience as a student-athlete and as a coach make her a great fit. The people of Wyoming are going to love her spirit and enthusiasm."
Hall comes to Wyoming after spending the past year at Washington State University. As an assistant (2004-05), her main responsibilities included the recruitment of student athletes, scheduling matches, organizing practices, along with coordinating community service projects, fund-raisers and socials. During that time, the Cougars finished with a 9-14 record overall and a ninth place finish in the PAC-10.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be the next Head Women's Tennis Coach at the University of Wyoming," said Hall. "I look forward to working with such a high caliber athletic department in the coming years. I am also very excited about the potential and future of the Women's Tennis Program."
Prior to her tenure at Washington State, Hall spent one year as an assistant at Virginia Tech. She helped guide the Hokies to a 14-14 record and a fourth place finish in the Big East during the 2003-04 season. In July of 2003 she was hired by current Washington State Head Coach Lisa Hart as an assistant in Blacksburg and served as interim coach for a month when Hart left Virginia Tech for WSU in August of 2003.
During her collegiate playing career, Hall was a four-year letterwinner at Virginia Tech. She played for Hart from 2001-03. She was ranked nationally in singles during her senior season and set a school record with 81 career doubles victories.
Hall won several awards as a player on the court and in the classroom. Among her accolades are an Atlantic-10 All-Conference selection in 2000, Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year, and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar Athlete award in 2003. In addition, she won the prestigious national ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in 2003.
A native of Hilton Head, South Carolina, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Virginia Tech. The former Kristen Stubbs married Matt Hall on July 30, 2005 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
The Cowgirls return five starters and seven letterwinners to a team that went 9-13 overall and 1-6 in the Mountain West Conference a year ago.
People in the local community will have the opportunity to meet Coach Hall this week. She will be at the University of Wyoming Tennis facility on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 9:00 a.m.