May 17, 2012

Becker promoted to women’s tennis head coach

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – In an effort to split the men's and women's tennis programs into separate entities, director of athletics Tom Shirley is pleased to announce that Shawn Becker has been promoted to the head coach of the Philadelphia University women's tennis team Thursday.

"As we work to split the programs, I am happy that Shawn has accepted the women's head coaching position," stated Shirley. "Having previous experience with the team, I feel that now both programs have an equal opportunity for success in the future.

Since the spring of 2010, Becker served as the assistant coach for both of Philadelphia University's tennis teams under Lance Lee—who will continue to be the head coach of the men's tennis program. Becker—still an assistant coach for the men's tennis team—has helped the Lady Rams compile an overall record of 14-12 since joining the coaching staff.

"There's one word that sums up how I feel about moving into the position of head women's tennis coach, and that is anticipation," said Becker. "From my previous two-and-a-half years with the program, to moving forward with and continuing to learn from coach Lee, and knowing the new and returning players on each of our teams, I know the future is limitless for the Lady Rams."

Before arriving at Philadelphia University, Becker was the head women's tennis coach at Division III Rosemont College during the 2009 season. In his one year with the Ravens, the team went 6-4 in Colonial States Athletic Conference competition and Priyanka Reddy earned the conference's player of the year award for the fourth time.

At the high school level, Becker spent two seasons building the tennis program at Palmerton Area High School. In the fall of 2008 at Plumstead Christian School, he coached the school's first girl's tennis player that qualified for the District 1 singles championship.

As a player Becker racked up 70 career collegiate victories—41 doubles, 29 singles—at Lebanon Valley College from 2004 until 2007.

A 2012 graduate for Philadelphia University with a degree in health sciences, Becker is a tennis instructor at the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis & Education Center and does private coaching in the Lehigh Valley. He is also a volunteer for Embrace Your Dreams and the First Serve Program.

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