Nashville, Tenn. – Head coach Ian Duvenhage and the Vanderbilt men’s tennis team have welcomed home former student-athlete and volunteer assistant coach, Ryan Lipman, as the program’s new assistant coach.
The hire comes on the heels of former assistant coach Jamie Hunt’s departure for the University of Georgia, as he takes over as the associate head coach of his alma mater.
A Nashville native, Lipman joins the Dores following a season under fellow Vanderbilt alum Bobby Reynolds as the assistant coach of the Auburn Tigers. Lipman is one of seven former VU student-athletes to currently serve on a Commodore coaching staff.
“I would like to thank Bobby Reynolds and Auburn University for opening the doors of college coaching,” said Lipman. “They treated me like family, and I’m so happy to have been a part of that family for a year. But when Ian approached me about returning to Vanderbilt, I knew I could not pass up the opportunity. This is where I grew up. This is where I grew up watching tennis. I played here for five years, and it was my ultimate dream to come home to Vanderbilt.”
Lipman was the Dores’ first three-time All-American and premier SEC Freshman of the Year. He compiled several records during his five seasons in Nashville, including two which still stand; singles season doubles wins (30) and career doubles wins (36). Ryan served as the squad’s volunteer assistant coach throughout his redshirt season as well as the 2015 season.
“We wish Jamie Hunt the best as he moves on to coach at his alma mater,” Duvenhage said. “My decision to fill that role with Ryan Lipman was really a no-brainer, because nobody is more familiar with our program than he is. When I started telling people in our administration that I was thinking about bringing Ryan back, everyone was excited. That’s indicative of the kind of individual Ryan is. Ryan played here, volunteered here and understands first-hand what we’re all about. He loves Vanderbilt University and Nashville and is thrilled to be back.”
As a student-athlete, Lipman rose as high as No. 1 in the nation in doubles and No. 4 in singles, and he currently sits second all-time in VU men’s tennis combined wins (174) and third in singles victories (96). For his exemplary attitude on and off the court, Lipman was named the team’s captain and received the prestigious ITA Ohio Valley Arthur Ashe Award for both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
“Our players are so excited to have Ryan back as assistant coach,” Duvenhage said. “It’s a great new beginning for our team.”