September 7, 2007

Franklin & Marshall Names New Tennis Coaches

Sept. 7, 2007

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics, Patricia S.W. Epps, has announced the hiring of George Zink as the College's head tennis coach, and Anne Nguyen as the College's assistant tennis coach.

"I am thrilled that we have brought in not just one, but two of the brightest young coaches in the sport," said Epps. "Their arrival, combined with our first rate tennis facilities and our strong racquet tradition, will provide an outstanding platform from which Franklin & Marshall tennis will leap to unprecedented heights."

Zink will oversee both the men's and women's tennis programs with Nguyen as his assistant. Zink replaces Epps, who sat at the helm of the women's team for the last 29 seasons, and Mark Moshos '80, who guided the men's team over the past four seasons. The move to a unified coaching position will streamline the administrative aspects of running the program, bringing tennis in-line with crew, cross country, squash, swimming and track & field, which all share a unified full-time coach.

A graduate of Donegal High School, Zink went on to play collegiate tennis at Southern Illinois University. He attained Division I All-America honors in the Saluki uniform. His previous collegiate coaching experience includes a stint at Elizabethtown College (2000-2003).

Zink is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) Men's 35 division, and is a nine-time USTA National Champion. He was also a four-time National Finalist in USTA Platform Tennis, and has been ranked #1 in the USTA's Men's 25, 30, and 35 divisions. Additionally, he has earned World Rankings in both singles and doubles competition from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Zink currently serves as the Tennis Director at Bent Creek Country Club in Lancaster, Pa. The club boasts more than 550 members and eight USTA teams. In addition to overseeing the tennis operations and pro shop, Zink is heavily involved in community service, running tournaments benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Special Olympics. He previously served as the Head Tennis Professional at the Lancaster Tennis and Yacht Club and Racquet Club West, also in Lancaster. He has produced six national junior champions.

Nguyen is making her first stop in the ranks of collegiate coaching, however, the Lancaster native is not stranger to the world of college tennis. The former University of Georgia star attained All-America and All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) First Team status in 2001. She earned All-SEC Second Team Singles honors in 2002 and 2003. Her Bulldogs won the NCAA National Team Championship in 2000, and took SEC titles in 2000 and 2002. On her way to the All-America honors in 2001, Nguyen registered championships in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) South Regional Singles Tournament, and the SEC Coaches Classis Singles Tournament.

In addition to her myriad collegiate accomplishments, Nguyen was a four-time National Champion on the junior circuit, conquering both hardcourt and clay. She traveled to eight countries on three continents to represent the United States on the USTA National team, and was ranked in the top 10 in both singles and doubles competition throughout her junior career.

Nguyen served as the Assistant Tennis Professional at the Petersburg Racquet Club in Augusta, Ga. from 2005 through 2006. She returned to Lancaster in 2007, where she works as a Teaching Professional at Wisehaven Tennis Center and Bent Creek Country Club.