Troy names new men's tennis head coach

Troy names new men's tennis head coach
Rolando Vargas (Source: Troy Athletics)

TROY, AL (WSFA) - A familiar face returns to Trojan Territory, as Rolando Vargas has been named the new men's tennis head coach.

Vargas is a former student-athlete at Troy as well as an assistant coach for the Trojans.

"I want to thank Jeremy McClain, Sandy Atkins, Dr. Jack Hawkins and the committee for giving me this great opportunity," Vargas said. "While I truly appreciated my time and experience with Radford University, I consider Troy to be like home for me.  I was a student-athlete and an assistant coach at Troy, and I have spent 13 years in Alabama; it truly feels like home."

Vargas has been successful at his previous two stops, AUM and Radford. At the latter, the team's No. 1 singles player earned All-Big South Honors and he led them to a four-win improvement from the season before. At the former, Vargas coached the women's tennis team and won the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 NAIA National Championship. He also coached the men to a runner-up finish in 2013. He's a four-time NAIA Women's Coach of the Year and nine-time SSAC Coach of the Year (five men's and four women's).

"Rolando is a national championship head coach and we are beyond excited to welcome him back to Troy," said Troy Athletic Director Jeremy McClain. "Having played and coached here he knows what it takes to be successful at Troy, and we are confident that his previous coaching successes are a precursor to what he will be able to accomplish here."

Vargas also has professional experience. He played professionally for three years, ranking as high as 839 in the ATP singles rankings.

Vargas replaces Scott Kidd, who resigned in March after five seasons with the Trojans.

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