Posted by Matt Sullivan on 1999-07-29Glen 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.
About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.