John Carroll University made a change for the men’s and women’s varsity tennis teams, naming Shaun Keenan, the head tennis professional at River Oaks Racquet and Fitness Club in Rocky River, Ohio, as the new head coach of the program.
Keenan replaces Diane Koury, who stepped down from her head coaching post in January to pursue a job at New Albany Country Club.
“I am excited about being the new tennis coach at John Carroll University and I am ready to continue a winning tradition,” said Keenan.
“My priority as the new coach is to create great team chemistry and teach them to utilize their strengths so they play their best in match situations. Our team goal is to get better throughout the season and peak at the right time to win the OAC Championships.”
Keenan, a New Zealand native, is an alumnus of Wichita State University where he was an exceptional collegiate tennis player.
At River Oaks, Keenan manages and develops the junior and adult tennis programs. Such experience will undoubtedly help him as he leads the program.
JCU is the latest stop for Keenan, another stop on a tennis journey that started with him playing in Australia.
At one point, Keenan was ranked No. 2 in Western Australia in the under-18 age category and in the top 10 in all of Australia.
He then came to the United States to play at Wichita State, where he holds the school record for singles victories. He was ranked in the top 100 singles players nationally, in addition to being ranked 20th for doubles in Division I.
While attending Wichita State, he also earned the 1998 Scholar/Athlete of the Year Award.
In 1998 after graduating from Wichita State, he was working towards his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he served as an assistant coach for the men’s tennis team.
Laurie Massa, John Carroll University’s director of varsity athletics and recreation, said that she is thrilled to have Keenan as the new leader.
“Shaun Keenan impressed us as someone with a high level of tennis ability and experience, passion for the game, and a strong desire to coach college athletes,” she said.
“We believe he is a good fit for John Carroll, and will build upon the past successes of our tennis programs.”
Keenan inherits a men’s team that was 11-10 last year, and was 0-2 during the fall campaign.
The women’s team went 9-11 a season ago, but won both of their matches in the fall before the stumbling in their opening games of the spring.
The men’s team ended their season in the second round of the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament, while the women’s team exited in the first round.