Boysen named assistant coach
Head coach Ian Duvenhage announced that he has
enlisted the support of Tom Boysen on his coaching
staff, naming him assistant coach.
"Right now I'm a little bit overwhelmed, but I know it's a
great opportunity," Boysen said.
Boysen has spent the last three years traveling on the
pro tour as an individual coach for three different
players. One of the three is former Stanford standout
David Martin, whose sister Julie is a sophomore on the
Vanderbilt women's tennis team.
"I'm just absolutely thrilled to have someone of Tom's
ability and stature on our staff," Duvenhage said. "I
know he'll contribute in an enormous way."
Prior to coaching at the professional level, Boysen said
he taught tennis in the Orlando area and worked with
some national level junior players after he departed the
University of Central Florida, where he saw some
action as a player. During this same time Duvenhage
was coaching at the University of Florida.
"I knew him when he was at Florida but I really got to
know him more on the pro tour." Boysen said. "I had
known I was going to try to make the jump to coaching
collegiate tennis and I thought the best way to get in
was as an assistant."
Boysen said he had been out of the country when
Duvenhage came to Vanderbilt and did not even know
the position was available, but jumped at the chance
when he found out it was. While he admits he is new to
Vanderbilt, he said he is eager to learn about the
University and the program. One thing he did know
about was Vanderbilt's reputation.
"I knew about the academic standards," he said. "It was
my goal to coach at a school with a good athletic
reputation but also a good academic reputation. I just
wanted to be associated with a university like that and a
coach with a great reputation for not only putting a
program together but also maintaining a top program."