Owens named head tennis coach; Woolbert serves as assistant
Friday, August 9, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary Department of Athletics and Director of Athletics and Wellness Ronda Seagraves announces the hiring of Greg Owens as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach, effective immediately. Owens will be assisted on staff by NAIA All-American and Centenary Hall of Famer Valerie Woolbert.

“We are excited to have both of these quality coaches on staff,” said Seagraves. “Greg brings a tremendous motivational style of management and a great recruiting background from his time at Shorter University, where he was a successful coach. Valerie is one of our own and did an outstanding job assisting with the program last season. She was an exceptional tennis player here and her track record speaks for itself.”

As head coach, Owens coached six All-Americans and his teams had over 25 tournament wins.

In 2011, Owens guided the women's golf team to the No. 1 national ranking, marking the first time in school history that a Shorter athletic team had garnered the nation's top ranking. The Lady Hawks went on to win the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship and post a program-best third place finish at the NAIA Women's Golf National Championship. The team GPA was outstanding at 3.82.

Along with his coaching duties, Owens also served as a major gift officer for Shorter's institutional advancement office.

Woolbert returns for her second season as an assistant at her alma mater. Last season, she helped guide the Centenary netters to the fourth seed in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.

As a standout for the Ladies, Woolbert posted a 35-15 record and finished second nationally in singles action in her first season. During her two seasons, she led the Ladies to back-to-back NAIA Division II state and regional titles along with fifth and seventh place finishes at the national championships.

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