Kennett leaves ISU men's tennis post
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[June 18, 2007]
NORMAL -- Greg Kennett resigned
as the Illinois State men's tennis coach on Friday, ending his
eight-year run with the program. Kennett's wife, Christie, an
attorney with State Farm Insurance, accepted a position with the
company in California.
"I would like to wish Greg and the Kennett family nothing but the
best of luck in their newest endeavor," Illinois State Director of
Athletics Dr. Sheahon Zenger said. "I would also like to thank Greg
for his contributions to the athletics department and Illinois State
tennis over the last eight years. He has brought Redbird men's
tennis to new heights, and we hope to continue that progression."
As the two-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year (2003
and 2006), Kennett led the Redbirds to winning records in seven of
eight seasons, highlighted by Illinois State's first-ever
regular-season championship in 2006. In addition to his 115 wins,
Kennett also mentored six Valley individual champions, four Valley
doubles champions, seven Valley scholar-athletes and 14
"Through the game, I have met so many great people in the
community, and it has been a joy to be part of the tennis community
in Bloomington-Normal," Kennett said. "I've been a Redbird fan since
I could crawl, and it has been such an honor to be a part of this
campus and to lead the men's tennis program. I'm proud of what we
have accomplished, and I feel that we brought some great players to
Illinois State. I will definitely miss being a part of the athletics
department, the atmosphere and the student-athletes. The program is
in great shape, and with the new tennis facility in line there are
great things ahead for Redbird tennis."
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The Bloomington native was also a member of the NCAA men's tennis
selection and Intercollegiate Tennis Association committees, while
serving as the chair of the ITA Region 5 committee.
Kennett also served as a mentor for youth tennis players around
the Midwest. Since 2000, Kennett coached the United States Tennis
Association Middle Illinois Junior Davis Cup team during the summer
months. He also guided the USTA Area Training Team in St. Louis from
1997-99 and the USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Zonal 12s and 16s
team from 1995 to 1998.
Prior to coaching at Illinois State, Kennett coached in
Washington, Mo., for two seasons. Kennett's teams went a combined
35-9, which included six wins against Division I opponents, and he
had one player advance to the NCAA Division III national title
As a product of Bloomington High School, Kennett captured the
state's doubles championship in 1985. He began his collegiate career
at Eastern Michigan but transferred to Illinois after two seasons.
With the Illini, he was named team captain. In 1991, Kennett
graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science.
[Text from file received from Todd Kober,
assistant athletics director, media relations,