After guiding the Jacksonville College men's and women's tennis teams to national rankings in just one semester, Kenneth Michaud, resigned Monday as the college's head tennis coach.
“Kenneth (Michaud) made this decision in order to be able to pursue opportunities that are closer to his family,” JC athletic director Lynn Nabi said Monday morning in announcing the resignation. “Kenneth has done a wonderful job here and he is leaving our tennis programs in very good shape.”
Michaud, who was hired last spring to guide the school's brand-new tennis program, is from the Las Vegas, Nev. area.
“I felt that it was time to get back closer to family and closer to home,” Michaud said. “I'm grateful for the time and for the opportunity that I have had at Jacksonville College and I am most proud of the fact that both of our (tennis) teams are nationally ranked...our kids displayed a strong character and competitive attitude all semester.
“This would not have been possible with everything that Dr. (Mike) Smith, Coach Nabi, the student athletes and the community has put into this program.”
Nabi said that he met with the tennis teams Monday morning and that the athletes understood that coaching changes are a part of life.
“We have nine men and nine women that will remain committed to our tennis program, Nabi said. “There is a lot of solidarity within our tennis program at the moment.”
Nabi said that a local and national search for a replacement coach has already been launched and that he hoped to be able to announce Michaud's predecessor in about 14 days.
The spring portion of the teams' schedule will begin on Jan. 25, 2013 when the Jags/Lady Jags visit Prairie View A&M University (NCAA, Division 1).