RICHMOND, Ind. – Shawn Hyden has been given the reigns of the Earlham College men's and women's tennis programs in an announcement by Earlham College director of athletics Mike Bergum on Monday.
"Shawn has a passion for NCAA Division III athletics that will help propel the men's and women's tennis programs here at Earlham," said Bergum. "He is respected within the tennis profession and will create a wonderful culture on campus and in the Richmond community."
Hyden comes to Earlham from Arcadia University (Pa.) where he headed the men's and women's tennis programs since 2014. The 2016 Arcadia men's team broke the single season record for wins with 11 as well as earning a berth in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth Tournament championship match. He coached six All-MAC student-athletes at Arcadia.
Prior to Arcadia, Hyden spent three seasons as an assistant men's and women's tennis coach at his alma mater, the University of Mount Union. The Purple Raiders finished in the top half of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) every season in that span (2011-14). The women's program went 40-16, advanced to the OAC semifinals in each of his three seasons and totaled 10 all-conference selections, while the men's program was 38-20 and advanced to the OAC semifinals in 2013 and had four all-conference selections.
"Earlham College has had such a long history of a strong tennis program, and I cannot wait to help put my stamp on the program," Hyden said. "I look forward to continuing to develop both the men's and women's teams and hope to help them compete at the highest levels of NCAA Division III tennis."
A United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) certified tennis professional, Hyden graduated from Mount Union in 2006 with a degree in political science. He was a four-year member of the men's tennis team and served as team captain his senior year. Hyden later earned a master's of applied politics from the University of Akron in 2009.