DECATUR — The athletic department at Millikin University has a new director of the tennis program: Andrew Coon.
He is no stranger to tennis, having played the sport for most of his life as a participant in junior and adult leagues and tournaments.
Coon player and coaching history
Coon, a St. Louis native, attended Ladue Horton Watkins High School. In his time there, he was a part of two Missouri state championship teams and two runners-up teams.
His playing career continued in college, playing at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
Coon has been a USPTA teaching pro for the past decade in both St. Louis and the mid-south region of Illinois, earning elite status in 2019.
His coaching experience includes Lutheran High School in St. Charles, Mo. and several national junior teams prior to joining the program at Illinois College.
He spent the last two seasons at Illinois College. During his tenure, he was the interim head coach in 2020-21, rising to head coach for the 2021-22 season.
He has a heavy involvement in the development and promotion of the sport in the Midwestern U.S. He has been USPTA’s Illinois state vice president and is a member of the organization’s Midwest division.
Coon replaces Covington, who’s leaving for another position
Coon assumes the position, replacing Alex Covington. Covington departs from Millikin to take the helm of the women’s tennis program at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
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