Posted by Matt Sullivan on 1999-07-29
Glen Fanelli, a highly successful tennis coach in the Alabama junior college ranks, was named Thursday as head men's and women's tennis coach at Samford University, announced by Director of Athletics Bob Roller.

Fanelli, 42, coached three seasons at Wallace State Junior College where he guided the women's team to a 23-6 record and the 1999 Junior College National Championship. Fanelli had three players named first team JUCO All-Americans in 1999 and had one ITA All-American on his squad. He also led the men's team to a 22-7 record and a fourth-place finish at the national tournament.

For his efforts, he was named the 1999 National Junior College Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Tournament and was named the men's and women's Coach-of-the-Year by the Alabama Junior Community College Conference.

Prior to his arrival at Wallace State, Fanelli was the head women's tennis coach at the University of Montevallo in 1995-96.

Fanelli, who played his college tennis at Kentucky, was twice named the USTPA Alabama Professional of the Year was also selected as the 1993 USTPA Kentucky Professional of the Year. He has won three President's Awards by the USTPA and is the Alabama USTPA Past Chapter President, and is on the USTA Southern Division USA Tennis 1,2,3 Advisory Committee.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.