Sept. 22, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head women's tennis coach Kati Gyulai announced today the hiring of Dean Clower as an assistant coach with the Cowgirl tennis program. His duties will begin immediately.
Clower joins the Cowgirl coaching staff after spending the last two years as an assistant coach at Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas). His duties included assisting with practice sessions, on the court training of both singles and doubles teams, creating and maintaining data bases for prospective players, along with ensuring compliance with recruitment regulations. Prior to that, he spent one season as a volunteer assistant with the program and an adjunct professor for kinesiology.
He also has worked as an assistant teaching Pro at The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City (2002, 2004, 2007). Clower trained juniors players and was responsible for tournament travel and preparation for competition, while providing private and group lessons to juniors and adults. Prior to that, he worked at the Indian Springs Country Club in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Clower began his collegiate career as a student-athlete at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas. He was a two-year team captain and was ranked fifth in the nation in doubles as a freshman and sophomore. Clower then moved on to a two-year career at Lamar University. He finished with a season-best 14-7 record in singles play and 9-9 in doubles at the number one spot as a junior. During his senior season, he posted a 9-10 overall record and a 12-6 mark in doubles-play. Clower also was ranked 48th in the country in doubles play, the first ranked doubles player in Lamar history.
A native of Broken Arrow, Okla., Clower earned a bachelor's of arts degree in general studies with a minor in history and kinesiology from Lamar University in 2006. He recently completed his master's in exercise science from there as well in 2008.
"I am very excited to have Dean on our staff," said Gyulai. "I have known him for a few years and watched him grow as a coach. He loves tennis and the college setting. He is an immediate asset to our program."