A tennis coach with a wealth of experience who was recently honored by the United States Tennis Association is the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's new head women's tennis coach.
Doug Chapman, who has successfully coached in both the collegiate and high school ranks, has been named to the post. He succeeds Ralph Perry, who recently retired after leading the Corsair women's tennis program for the last 14 seasons.
Chapman, who recieved the USTA's 2012 Starfish Award that goes to the New England High School Tennis Coach of the Year, has compiled 554 career victories while coaching the Somerset-Berkley High School boys' team for the past 35 seasons. The total ranks as the highest for any high school coach in Massachusetts. His teams have won 77 per cent of their matches and have qualified for the state playoffs in 32 of his 35 seasons. In addition, Chapman's teams won Southeastern Massachusetts Division I championships in 1987 and 1989 and Division II championships in 1983, 19984 and 1985 and Eastern Athletic Conference championships in 2005, 2008 and 2009.
Chapman led Roger Williams' women's tennis team to the 2002 Commonwealth Coast Conference championship, winning the conference regular season title and the tournament championship for the first time in school history as his team went 18-1. He also coached at Bridgewater State in 1984, leading the women's and men's/coed teams to a combined 7-5 mark.
Presently serving as the director of Coastal Quick Tennis, Chapman currently serves as the USTA's Community Relations Manager for Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. He is also the president of the USTA's Rhode Island Chapter. He was inducted into the Somerset Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, and his 1983 and 1984 teams were also named to the Hall of Fame.
A graduate of Somerset High School and Boston University, Chapman was a reporter, columnist and sports editor of the Spectator in Somerset from 1973 to 1981, and served as a columnist, reporter and as the Massachusetts Sports Editor for the Providence Journal from 1982 until 2001. Chapman also has served as a soccer columnist for MLS.net.com and handled color commentary on radio and television broadcasts for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.
"With all of the progress and success our women's tennis team has had in recent years, it was important for us to secure someone of Doug Chapman's caliber," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "I am confident Doug will lead the program to great prominence."
"I'm looking forward to it, and I think it's going to be a really good opportunity," said Chapman. "UMass Dartmouth has had a good program, and has excellent facilities. One of the things I've been trying to do is improve tennis in the area, and going to UMass Dartmouth gives me a chance to do that."
Chapman said attracting good talent would be a key to being successful. "Our success will center on getting good players, and having good players to work with, and I'm hoping we can continue to attract good players," said Chapman. "We want to make sure that it is fair, fun, and competitive, and that people enjoy playing and competing. There are some good programs in the conference, and as the conference gets better, you have to step up as well. I've known Coach Perry for a lot of years, and he did a really nice job. I hope to build on the foundation he's left."