LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps announced the hiring of Josh Schofield as head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs. Schofield, who will officially assume his role on August 8th, becomes the 17th head coach in the history of the men's program and the seventh all time for the women's team.
"We are excited to have Coach Schofield join us in leading the men's and women's tennis programs at Franklin & Marshall College," said Epps. "I am confident that his vast experience will allow Diplomat tennis' tradition of excellence to continue and flourish under his mentorship."
During his time at Swarthmore, the Garnet reached the NCAA Tournament three times, advancing to the Round of 16 in 2004 and 2005, as well as the Quarterfinals in 2006. In his last three seasons as associate head coach, Schofield helped Swarthmore compile a 22-5 record in Centennial Conference (CC) matches, advancing to the CC Championship match in two of those years.
Schofield brings to Lancaster a wealth of playing experience as well, having won several tennis titles, including the USTA 30s National Grass Singles Championship. He represented the United States at the International Tennis Federation Young Seniors World Team Championships in Turkey and is currently a member of the USTA Men's 35 National Team.
A 2001 graduate of Villanova with a Bachelor's Degree in History and Russian Area Studies, Schofield earned Big East Academic All-Star recognition twice as a member of the men's tennis team. He later earned Master's Degrees from Florida State (Russian and Eastern European Studies '03) and Temple (Sport and Recreation Management '06).
Schofield takes over the Diplomats' program following the resignation of nine-year F&M head coach Sean Kelleher who left to pursue a career in the private sector.
Under Kelleher's watch, the men's team posted a mark of 90-69, was consistently regionally ranked, and earned eight straight Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament appearances. The women's side showed steady improvement under Kelleher's tenure, reaching the CC Playoffs in four straight seasons while accumulating a 46-27, 31-7 CC mark from 2013-17. After guiding the women's team to a 13-6, 8-2 CC mark in 2014, Kelleher was named the CC Coach of the Year.