BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the hire of Terry Caldwell as the interim head tennis coach on Friday. Caldwell joins the Tornado tennis programs following the resignation of Tim Dunford and he will remain with the Tornado for the remainder of the season when King will conduct a national search for a full-time coach.
This will be Caldwell's second stint as interim head coach for the Tornado, after serving in this capacity for the spring 2018 season.
"We are fortunate to have a man of Terry's character and integrity, as well as his knowledge and passion for the sport of tennis, who is willing to step into this role in support of our student-athletes," said Hicks. "Terry is one of the most respected professionals in the Tri-Cities, well known as a coach and educator, but most importantly as an outstanding person."
Caldwell brings a plethora of coaching experience to the Tornado, coaching swimming, tennis and golf at Virginia High School for 27 years, 16 coaching tennis, plus three years as a college swim coach from 2010-2012. In that time, Caldwell coached 11 Virginia state champions and 20 academic All-Americans.
"I am very excited to return to King University and the tennis team," Caldwell said. "I have the greatest respect for the young people on the team and welcome the opportunity. The previous season was one of the most exceptional teaching, learning and athletic experiences of my life, and I'm sure it will be again. The athletic department, the faculty and the team have been extremely supportive welcoming me back for which I am grateful. I intend to make the best of this opportunity for our institution and students.
During his time at Virginia High, Caldwell worked closely with the Virginia High School League (VHSL) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) helping with competition development and officials training. He also earned coaching milestone awards from the VHSL in each tennis, golf and swimming.