BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College Director of Athletics Curt Kendall has announced that Marty Perry has resigned as the Eagles' head men's and women's tennis coach. Perry's resignation is effective Friday, Oct. 18.
Perry is leaving to become the director of junior tennis at the ACAC Club in Midlothian, Va. where he will be providing instruction to junior players.
Bridgewater assistant tennis coach Sam Varner will assume the position of interim head coach for both teams and will serve in that capacity during the upcoming spring season. The College expects to fill the head coaching position in the spring of 2014.
Perry was hired to lead the tennis programs in 2011 and guided each team to their first-ever regional rankings.
The women's team posted an overall dual match record of 27-9 over the past two seasons. In Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play, the team had a two-year mark of 17-4. Bridgewater advanced to the conference tournament semifinals to conclude the 2012 season while the 2013 squad fell in the quarterfinal round. During the 2013 season, Bridgewater was ranked as high as No. 20 in the ITA regional rankings.
Perry coached 10 female All-ODAC performers, including Katy Bergey, a 2012 first-team selection. Bergey was also named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance 2012 Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Bridgewater's men's squad was 27-14 in dual match play over the past two years and 17-2 against conference foes. The Eagles reached the ODAC tournament championship match for the first time in 2012 and duplicated the feat in 2013. Perry's 2013 men's team was ranked as high as No. 14 in the ITA regional rankings.
A total of 11 men received All-ODAC recognition in singles play, including 2013 first-team picks Peter Hawkins and Brandon Larsen. The doubles team of Hawkins and Sam Churchill was also named to the 2013 all-conference first team. Hawkins finished his senior season ranked No. 16 in the ITA regional rankings.
Varner joined the Eagles' tennis staff as an assistant for the 2012-13 season. He is a Professional Tennis Registry-certified professional with several years of teaching experience in the Charlottesville, Va., Washington D.C. and Richmond, Va. areas. Prior to his time with the Eagles, Varner served as a volunteer assistant coach with ODAC foe Randolph-Macon.
Along with his private work, Varner served as the head of junior development at Tennis the Gray Way in the Richmond, Va. area where he taught independent instructional lessons from 2005-11 and led USTA adult group clinics and match play.
Varner is no stranger to the ODAC as the Charlottesville, Va. native had a record-setting, four-year career with the Randolph-Macon program. The two-time team captain graduated from Randolph-Macon in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in history.
Bridgewater opens its men's spring season on Feb. 9 in Fredericksburg with matches against Mary Washington and Christopher Newport. The women's team plays its first spring match on Feb. 17 at Washington and Lee.