BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics, David Hicks, announced the hire of Tim Dunford to lead the Tornado tennis programs. Dunford has been a head coach for eight years and has had success rebuilding programs.
"Tim has eight years' experience as a head coach at small, private colleges with a lot of similarities to King," Hicks said. "He's a passionate man, with a strong faith, and an excellent fit for King. In addition, he has a track record for rebuilding programs and understands what it takes to establish successful programs. I'm excited for what he brings to our student-athlete experience."
Dunford's first head coaching job came at Thiel College, where he took over a startup program, and after only two wins in the inaugural season, the men's team posted a 14-5 record in his third season. In his lone year at the College of Wooster, Dunford led them to their first winning season in five years and their first conference victory in four years.
"It's hard to put into words just how excited I am," Dunford said. "Academically, King has an amazing reputation and the athletic department is top notch. To return to the conference where I first started my collegiate coaching career and to be within a couple hours of my family is such a blessing."
He then took the reins at Albion College where he improved both the men's and women's programs in two years. In his first season at Albion, the women won three matches but came back the following year to win 10 matches, finishing 10-7 in 2015-16.
"John Maxwell once said, 'When you are bigger than your purpose, you have a career. When your purpose is bigger than you, you have a calling.' My players have ALWAYS been my purpose," continued Dunford. "For me, it's team/athlete first. I look forward to getting on the court with my teams and getting to know each one of my players."
Most recently, Dunford has spent the past two years as the head men's and women's tennis coach at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia. He was the first coach in the history of the program as they started tennis in 2016. The men's team went winless in their first year but came back to win six matches a season ago. On the women's side, Dunford led Brewton-Parker to three wins in their opening year.
"I would like to thank Daniel Prevett and Brewton-Parker College for the opportunity they gave me and I wish them nothing but success in the future," concluded Dunford.
Dunford will join the Tornado staff of July 30.