Season opens on Sept. 18
Meryl Culot, Zoe Chen and Alba Escalona Perny join the Lady Techsters
Starkova named first team in singles and Britos named third team in singles
Overall record finishes at 7-11
First serve is set for 3 p.m.
Chad Camper has already put his stamp on the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team as head coach, now entering his third season at the helm.
Determined to make the program more relevant on a regional and national level, he took the Lady Techsters this past fall into the ITA Southern Regionals as a sleeper and ended up posting 10 total singles wins over players from Mississippi State, LSU, Tulane, Auburn and South Alabama.
The level of competition ramped up even more in the spring with five matches against nationally-ranked teams. Even though LA Tech was not able to notch that big win, they consistently took points in the matches despite a spring that was a roller coaster of injuries and “Mother Nature” being very unkind with the cancellation of seven games.
For a second consecutive year, Camper produced two All-Conference USA selections in Alexandra Starkova and Jazmin Britos, both of whom defeated nationally-ranked players.
In his first year at the helm, he became the first LA Tech women’s tennis head coach to ever win the Louisiana Coach of the Year after taking a squad with just one upperclassman to a 15-7 record in the program’s first year in C-USA, consistently one of the top mid-major leagues in the country.
The season included a program-record 11 straight wins with the Techsters also advancing to the C-USA Tournament quarterfinals
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.