GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman head men's tennis coach Kelly Jones announced today the hiring of Tanner Stump as the team's new assistant coach.
Stump has served as the assistant men's tennis coach at Middle Tennessee State since September 2011. During the spring 2012 season, he helped guide the Blue Raiders to their second-consecutive Sun Belt tournament title and 11th NCAA Tournament appearance. Middle Tennessee State notched wins over seven nationally ranked opponents en route to a 19-7 overall record, the most wins for the program since 1997. The team repeated the feat in 2013, boasting a 19-8 overall record and reaching the finals of the Sun Belt Championship.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Furman men's tennis program alongside Coach Jones and am grateful for the opportunity," said Stump. "I hope to add to the storied tradition already in place at Furman and assist our student-athletes in improving both on and off the court. Coach Jones and I both have high expectations for this program, and, while there is hard work ahead of us, it is exciting to see the possibilities."'
In his two seasons at Middle Tennessee State, the Blue Raiders improved from a ranking of #140 nationally in 2011 to ranking 34th nationally in 2013. The Blue Raiders placed two players on the All-Sun Belt Conference Team in 2012 and five players on the 2013 all-conference team, while boasting the highest men's team GPA on campus. In addition to coaching, Stump also played an intricate part in the recruiting process, landing six highly-ranked recruits, and assisted in fund raising for the Blue Raiders new indoor facility.
Stump, a native of Bradenton, Fla., earned a bachelor's degree in business from Mississippi State in 2011. A four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, he helped Mississippi State to a top-20 ranking and the Bulldogs' first SEC West title his senior season. A member of the SEC All-Academic Honor Roll from 2007-11, Stump was honored with the Newsom Scholar-Athlete Award, which is given annually to the student-athlete with the highest GPA on each team, both his junior and senior seasons. Stump, who was chosen to the SEC Men's Tennis Community Service Team as a junior, compiled multiple ranked doubles wins over his career.
Stump is married to the former Chelsea Taylor, also of Bradenton.