Jennifer Meredith hired as Syracuse assistant tennis coach

first_img Published on August 28, 2019 at 11:26 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+ Less than a week after a coaching vacancy opened up on the Syracuse tennis staff, Jennifer Meredith has been hired as an assistant coach, according to an SU Athletics press release Tuesday night. Former associate head coach Shelley George announced her retirement last Thursday after 12 seasons on staff.“Syracuse has such a rich tradition both academically and athletically,” Meredith said in the press release, “and it’s a privilege to be joining the Syracuse family.”Meredith spent the past three years as an assistant coach at Missouri and helped the Tigers gradually increase their win total in each of those three years from 11 to 14. In 2016, she oversaw Amina Ismail and Bea Machado Santos’ rise to No. 10 in the Oracle/ITA doubles rankings and the first NCAA tournament doubles berth for the Tigers since 2003.Prior to her stint in Columbia, Meredith spent two seasons on Connnecticut’s staff and was a private instructor after concluding her playing career at Tennessee.At SU, Meredith joins a staff looking to fill gaps left by three graduating seniors — Gabriela Knutson, Masha Tritou and Libi Mesh. Head coach Younes Limam has piloted the Orange to three NCAA tournament appearances in four seasons alongside volunteer assistant Len Lopoo and strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAccording to the press release, Meredith also helped draw some of the first international recruits in the UConn’s history. That aligns with Syracuse’s recruiting trend under Limam. The Orange have only one player on their 2019-20 roster from the United States, compared to eight during the 2012-13 season, previous head coach Luke Jensen’s final full season. And the two freshmen listed on SU’s 2019-2020 roster are from Russia and the Netherlands.“(Meredith’s) work ethic, eagerness to grow and achieve, and passion for the sport will be an asset to our program,” Limam said in the press release. Commentslast_img read more

Riyad Mahrez named PFA Player of the Year, Dele Alli wins award for young player

first_imgRiyad Mahrez became the first ever African Professional Footballer Association’s Player of the Year, as announced at the annual event in London on Sunday.Mahrez fought off competition from his own teammates, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante – who he flew to the ceremony with via helicopter – as well as West Ham United’s standout star of the season, Dimitri Payet and the league’s top scorer Spurs’ Harry Kane, to take home the prestigious prize. Arsenal were also represented on the shortlist by Mesut Ozil, but both Manchester United and Manchester City were not, this year.It’s been an astonishing year for the Algeria international who’s scored 17 goals as well as making 11 assists in his 33 Premier League matches and is just five points away from securing Leicester’s table-topping fairytale ending after a 4-0 victory against Swansea on the same day.Hailing from the rough Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, Mahrez signed to Leicester in January 2014 from French Ligue 2 team, Le Havre, where he had risen up the ranks from the team’s youth programme.The midfielder – whose transfer value had risen from £4.5m to £29.9 according to CIES Football Observatory in January this year – signed a new four-year contract with the Foxes in August last year, and they will certainly hope to keep hold of him as they go into the Champions League next season. Spurs’ boy-wonder Dele Alli, meanwhile, was crowned the Professional Football Association (PFA) Young player of the year on Sunday night at an event in London.The 20-year-old fought off tough competition from team-mate Harry Kane – the Premier League’s top goal scorer this season – who was also nominated for the main prize. Also nominated were Jack Butland, Phililpe Coutinho, Romelu Lukaka and Ross Barkley.Though it was not announced until Sunday night through the official channels, the youngster was widely expected to take home the coveted prize after a picture of Spurs’ Monday night match programme referring to Alli’s victory was posted on twitter.Unfortunately for Alli, he wasn’t able to attend the event as Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had banned his players from attending thanks to their game against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow night, in their final charge against Leicester for the league title.Speaking in a video recording for the PFA, Alli said he was “honoured to win such a prestigious award.”   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more