SMSU TENNIS: Andrew Cobb resigns as head coach

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State University head women’s tennis coach Andrew Cobb announced his resignation on Thursday to become the Director of Tennis at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga.

Cobb will serve as head coach for both the women’s and men’s programs at Young Harris, which is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Peach Belt Conference.

“I want to thank SMSU Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to be part of such a great community,” Cobb said. “Coaching at SMSU this past year has helped me develop great relationships throughout the Marshall area and more specifically the relationships made in the athletic department at SMSU.”

Cobb spent one season as head coach at SMSU and led the Mustangs to 13-12 overall record and an appearance in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament for the first time since 2010. It was SMSU’s first winning season since 1992, while the 13 victories are the highest for the program since 1992.

“I have enjoyed being a part of a historical season for Mustang tennis and I’m humbled to have been a part of the mark it left on the program,” Cobb said. “I not only had the honor to coach tenacious student-athletes on the court, but phenomenal and driven young women off the court. I look forward to following SMSU’s continued success and the individual success of the athletes beyond SMSU. While I will miss the community and friends I have made here, I am beyond excited for what this new opportunity holds.”

Cobb, the ninth head coach in SMSU history, came to SMSU following three seasons as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at NAIA Montreat College in Montreat, N.C.

“We are very thankful for Coach Cobb’s hard work and leadership in growing the success and foundation of our SMSU women’s tennis program,” Hmielewski said. “He has helped to develop our student-athletes in all aspects of their collegiate student-athlete experience. His leadership and tennis knowledge was instrumental in guiding our program to a 13-win season and our first NSIC Tournament appearance since 2010. Both of these accomplishments are a credit to the coaches and student-athletes for their tireless work ethic and commitment to skill development all contributing to an elevated level of play this season. We wish Coach Cobb the best as he transitions to his new position at Young Harris College.”

Hmielewski stated a national search for a replacement would begin shortly.

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