Overall record finishes at 7-11
First serve is set for 3 p.m.
LA Tech improves to 7-9 on the spring season
LA Tech improves to 6-8 on the spring season
Lady Techsters down Alcorn State and Grambling State
Chad Camper took over the Louisiana Tech women's tennis program just a few weeks prior to the start of the 2014 spring dual season.
However, the short adjustment period did not faze him or his young Lady Techster squad as he led the team with only one upperclassman to a 15-7 record in the program's first year in Conference USA, one of the top mid-major conferences in the country which had four teams ranked nationally this past season.
After opening up the year with a loss, LA Tech reeled off a program-record 11 straight wins. The squad also posted victories over C-USA foes Middle Tennessee, UAB and Florida Atlantic which helped them earn a No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.
The Lady Techsters defeated the Blazers a second time in the tourney before dropping a hard-fought match to Marshall in the quarterfinals. Two of Camper's players, Alexandra Starkova and Jazmin Britos, earned all-conference accolades.
Camper was rewarded for his coaching efforts by being named the LSWA Coach of the Year, the first LA Tech women's tennis coach to ever win the award.
Prior to LA Tech, Camper was the associate head tennis coach for men's and women's at his alma mater Wright State. Prior to being promoted, he served three years as an assistant coach for the Raiders.
As a full-time assistant, the Lima, Ohio native was actively involved in the recruitment of future collegiate players both locally and internationally.
Camper recruited the 2012 men's Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and the 2012 men's Horizon League Player of the Year while also coaching the men's team to the Horizon Conference regular season title in 2011-12.
On the women's side, Camper helped take a WSU women's program with a previous 1-21 record to having three successful seasons, including a 14-win season in 2011, with first-time victories over Xavier, Ball State and IPFW.
Camper is the owner of many Wright State tennis records himself having lettered four years for the Raiders from 1998-2002.
He was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) Player of the Year as well as the Wright State Male Athlete of the Year as a junior in leading his team to the conference championship in 2001.
After graduating from WSU with school records of most singles wins (98), second most doubles wins (77) and second most career wins (175), Camper competed professionally on the ATP Tour from 2002-04.
Camper has also had success as an independent junior development coach for the past 9 years, working with players one-on-one with the desire to play college tennis, having developed four nationally-ranked junior players for their college careers.