July 31, 2012

LE MOYNE COLLEGE NAMES MARK DOLAN AS HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Le Moyne College Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Bassett announced on Tuesday, July 31st the hiring of Mark Dolan as head men's tennis coach.

Named the America East Conference Coach of the Year in 2002 while at the University of Hartford, Dolan arrives at Le Moyne with over 30 years experience in the tennis industry, including 10 coaching at the collegiate level.

"Attracting a candidate with Coach Dolan's extensive collegiate head coaching experience is a huge bonus for our program," said Bassett. "We have made significant investments in both our tennis programs over the past two seasons and we anticipate Coach Dolan will have an immediate impact on our student-athletes, potential recruits and the success of our program overall."

 "I am very excited and honored to return to Central New York and Le Moyne College," said Dolan. "From a young age, Le Moyne has been an important part of my life and, as a recent graduate, I feel a strong connection to the program and its alumni. I look forward to working with our student-athletes to continue building a program the Le Moyne community is proud of."

Dolan currently serves as the Director of Programming at the Eastside Racquet Club in Manlius, N.Y. 

Most recently, Dolan served as a volunteer assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis programs at SUNY Oswego in 2011 and the head men's and women's tennis coach at Hamilton College from 2007 to 2009. During the 2006-2007 season, Dolan was the head men's tennis coach at Bradley University, a Division I member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

From 1997 to 2002, Dolan was the head men's tennis coach at the University of Hartford and assumed the head women's tennis coaching position in 1999. Guiding the Hawks to the NCAA Tournament and the America East Championship in 2002, Dolan earned America East Coach of the Year accolades following an undefeated league record. During his time at Hartford, he coached a four-time America East Men's Player of the Year and 2002 America East Women's Player of the Year. Dolan also served on the NCAA Eastern Regional Selection Committee.

After serving as the men's head coach at Cazenovia College in 1992, Dolan moved to the high school ranks as head coach at Glastonbury High School from 1993 to 1997. During his time at Glastonbury, he led his team to Connecticut State Doubles Championships in 1995 and 1996.

A Manlius, N.Y. native, Dolan earned his Bachelors of Science degree in sociology from Le Moyne College in 2006.