NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University athletic director Colin Sullivan announced today that Joseph Heckley has been named head coach for the men's tennis program.
A graduate of Division I Niagara University, Heckley assumes the reins held by 14-year veteran Brian Shanley who resigned in May after 10 conference titles and two NCAA appearances. Shanley had been selected Coach of the Year eight times by The Commonwealth Coast Conference and was the ITA Northeast Coach of the Year in 2007.
"It's exciting to be able to build upon the success that Brian has established with the program at Salve Regina," says Heckley.
Heckley, a native of California with ties to New England, comes to Salve Regina after successful playing careers at Foothill College (Calif.) and Niagara (N.Y.).
For the Owls, he was ranked 38th in the state in singles and 11th in doubles as a freshman. He was ranked 20th in the state in singles and 17th in doubles as a sophomore. His team won the Northern California Tournament in 2005 and placed second in 2006.
Most recently for the Purple Eagles, Heckley and his mates pulled a first-round upset over fourth-seeded Loyola at the MAAC Championships held at the Billie Jean National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
"My college coaches (Dixie Macias at Foothill; Anthony Nguyen at Niagara) have inspired me with their enthusiasm and love for the sport."
In addition to playing collegiate tennis, Heckley has coached and instructed tennis at such clubs as Fremont Hills Country Club (Calif.), Los Gatos Racquet Club (Calif.), Niagara Falls Country Club (N.Y.) and Del Mar High School (Calif.). He coached the Del Mar boys' tennis team to a league title in 2007.
"I'm thrilled to welcome Joe to the Salve Regina community," says Sullivan. "I have every confidence that he will continue to build on the success and tradition that our tennis program has come to know and experience over the years."