After more than a decade as a dedicated assistant coach for the Lycoming College men’s and women’s tennis teams, Joel Reid will serve as the interim tennis coach in 2022-23, Director of Athletics Mike Clark announced on Wednesday.
“We are happy that Joel has decided to lead the team through the 2022-23 season,” Clark said. “Joel has been a dedicated assistant coach for the past 12 years. He has developed some great relationships with our student-athletes and there is no doubt he will continue to do that in this new role. With a fairly veteran pair of teams coming back, Joel will no doubt provide some stability and continue to help them develop as tennis players and young adults.”
“We have some very talented tennis players and I can’t wait to help all of them continue to develop their games,” Reid added. “I’d like to thank Mike Clark for believing in me enough to give me this opportunity. I have loved the game of tennis all my life and getting the chance to continue to teach and coach the game at Lycoming College is something I am continually thankful for.”
Reid takes over for LeRoy Baer, who hired Reid when he was named head tennis coach in 2010 before teaming with Reid to win 103 matches in 12 years before retiring in July.
“Joel was the best assistant coach in the MAC,” Baer said. “The things he did with logistics, keeping me organized, taking care of food before, during and after every match for the kids was great. His assistance at practices and the things he did to keep things going were so important. I couldn’t have asked for a better assistant.”
In his career with the Warriors, Reid has helped mentor five singles players and one doubles team to the championship match at the MAC Individual Championships, including 2012 MAC Individual Singles Champion Jason Mifsud, and helped place 17 players on all-conference teams. The Warriors have advanced to the MAC Commonwealth Tournament three times (2011, ’17, ’18) on the women’s side and to the MAC Commonwealth Championship match in 2011.
A lifelong tennis player, Reid has been playing the sport for 60 years. He is a founding member of the Williamsport Men’s Tennis League, having served in all the positions on the board.