Jim Coomer has come on board as the new coach of the newest sport to be offered at St. Catharine – men’s and women’s tennis. But St. Catharine is not new to Coomer who currently is finishing the season as assistant women’s coach at Bellarmine University.
“A couple of years ago I read an article in the Courier-Journal about St. Catharine and the growth there,” said Coomer who is a native of Jeffersonville, Indiana. “I thought then that it would be a good school to have a tennis program. I didn’t hear anything at that time but just recently heard from Mike (athletic director Mike Doig) who said that St. Catharine was ready to start tennis.”
That is not the only way Coomer became familiar with St. Catharine as he recalled. “I know a lot of people in the Campbellsville area and throughout central Kentucky. I have coached junior players for a long time so I know many people around the state as well as the Midwest.”
Coomer will use those connections to start recruiting players for the season that will start in the 2011-2012 academic year. He knows the direction he wants the fledgling program to take. “Many times the foreign players are the most talented and I will work on recruiting them,” he said. “But I also want to recruit the local players. There are a lot of good tennis players within 50 or 60 miles of St. Catharine.”
Doig is confident that Coomer, who has coached tennis in high school and/or college for 22 years, will get the new program off on the right foot. “First he is obviously knowledgeable about teaching tennis. And secondly he has made so many connections over the years that he already has a good recruiting base from which to draw.”
Coach Coomer can be reached at St. Catharine by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.