July 6, 2011

Kevin Pease named men's tennis coach

NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University director of athletics Colin Sullivan announces the hiring of Kevin Pease of Falmouth, Mass., as the head coach for men's tennis.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Salve Regina community," said Sullivan. "It's exciting to have a coach with his talent and background join our staff and 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."

With nearly 30 years as a professional tennis instructor, Pease has coached junior tennis players who have attained success as high school and college varsity-level athletes, as well as local and national rankings. Pease has earned and maintained teaching certificates from United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR), and United States Tennis Association (USTA) High Performance Coaching.

He is the president of the Kevin Pease School of Tennis which he directs at the Falmouth Sports Center. Pease has designed, managed, and marketed his tennis program for nearly 400 adults and juniors since 1982.

Since 1997, he has coached varsity tennis teams at Falmouth High School. His 2006 boys' state championship tennis team featured six players whom benefitted from his instruction since they started as little grippers. He was the personal coach for the 2008 boys' Division One individual state champion.

His Falmouth High School girls' varsity tennis team won its league title in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Pease earned USPTA Coach of the Year honors in 2007.

A father of five children, one of them presently in college, Pease has coached each to success in tennis. He has held the No. 1 ranking in New England for father/son doubles (2005) and father/daughter doubles (2007).

His playing success ranges over several decades as the varsity tennis captain at University of Massachusetts Amherst (1981) and as the USPTA New England over 45 player of the year (2007). Pease was also ranked No. 1 in New England in men's doubles over 45 (2007).

Pease takes over coaching duties from Joe Heckley who resigned in May to pursue a teaching degree. The Salve Regina men's tennis program has enjoyed a rich history of success. Since winning its first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title in 1991, the Seahawks have racked an unprecedented total of 15 championships in men's tennis, the latest in Heckley's rookie campaign in 2010.

"I'm excited at the prospect of developing college tennis players," said Pease. "Our goal will be self-improvement for each player while the winning will take care of itself. I want to put each player in a position to compete; once we improve in those situations, our ability to win will also improve."

Salve Regina men's tennis begins its 2011-12 season shortly after classes start in September.