JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Arkansas State University Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has announced that Kel Lange has been hired to the position of head women's tennis coach.
"With his outstanding coaching background and stellar reputation as a leader, we're excited to have someone the caliber of Kel Lange joining our staff as our head women's tennis coach," said Mohajir. "He is a coaching veteran who has been highly successful at many levels within the tennis community. Not only has he helped build programs in the SEC and Big 12 into national contenders, he has proven he has the ability to run a well-rounded program committed to competitive excellence, academic achievement and community service."
Lange comes to A-State with an impressive coaching background in the SEC and Big 12. The Kentucky native began his head-coaching career at Mississippi State in 1992 where he compiled 25 wins in four seasons and achieved an ITA ranking of No. 41 during his second year on the job.
Before coaching the Bulldogs, Lange was the assistant men's tennis coach at Texas A&M, where he was responsible for the top-ranked recruiting class in the country. He also led the team's strength and conditioning program and was head of player development. In his two seasons at College Station he helped the Aggies return to the ITA National rankings and make back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament.
Lange also spent time at the University of Kentucky from 1988-92 as the assistant women's tennis coach. He was responsible for the Wildcats' recruiting, strength and conditioning and player development. He helped Susan Klingenberg become an ITA Singles All-American in 1992 and coached two student-athletes to the SEC All-Conference Singles Team.
"I am really excited to be part of the Red Wolves family," Lange said. "I've coached at a lot of places and I've never seen an institution that shows the support for it's non-revenue sports like the way our Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir and Senior Women's Administration Amy Holt and the entire athletics department at Arkansas State do. I cannot wait to get to Jonesboro and hit the ground running."
Lange spent the last four seasons as the head tennis coach at Birmingham Southern College, where the Panthers had an overall record of 11-3 this past season and played in the Southern Athletic Association Conference championship match.
Lange also has experience outside of collegiate tennis working with professional and amateur players alike. He has worked with professional tennis players Luke and Murphy Jensen, who won the 1993 French Open Doubles title and also spent time as the Director of Tennis at the Little Rock and Nashville Racquet Clubs.
A native of Lexington, Ky., and a graduate of Henry Clay High School, Lange attended the University of Kentucky and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology In 1992. He is currently working toward completing a master's degree in sport management at Texas A&M.
Lange and his wife Tracy, who is the head women's basketball coach at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., have a daughter, Hope, and a son, Wes.