Tennis coach leaves SFA after 17 seasons as head coach

Bret Arrant
Bret Arrant

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press release) - Ladyjack tennis coach Bret Arrant announced his retirement on Friday, bringing to an end a 17-year tenure as head coach.

A former tennis player at SFA himself, Arrant took over the program in 1994 and is the only head coach that the Ladyjack tennis program has known since it has been at the Division I level, totaling more than 130 wins in his time in Nacogdoches.

"Bret has been one of the most respected coaches in the Southland Conference," SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill said. "We will miss his leadership and dedication to our tennis program. We wish him the best."

His 1999 team posted a program-best 15 wins, while his most recent squad in 2010 finished off the season with the most wins for the program since the 2000 season while qualifying for its third consecutive Southland Conference Tournament.

In 2009 he helped Alina Shazkho take the SLC Freshman of the Year award, becoming the first Ladyjack to win a postseason superlative award. Other all-conference players under Arrant include Paola Montuenga (2010 second team), Kama Scott (2005 second team) and Meredith Watson (2000 first team, 2001 second team).

"I want to thank everyone in the SFA Athletics Department," Arrant said. "Steve McCarty, Dr. Pattillo and Robert Hill and all of the other people in the department have all had an instrumental part in my time at SFA and have been an absolute pleasure to deal with. I do plan on remaining in Nacogdoches and I look forward to staying up-to-date with SFA Athletics and the Ladyjack tennis program."

A national search for a replacement will begin immediately.