GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman head men's tennis coach Kelly Jones announced today the hiring of Colt Gaston as the team's new assistant coach.
"We are thrilled that Colt will be joining our rising tennis program at Furman," said Jones. "His experience both playing and coaching clearly defines our staff as one of the strongest in all Division I tennis programs."
Gaston began coaching professionally in 2008 and has served as president of the Colt Gaston Tennis Academy and director of the ATI Tennis Academy since 2012. Three of Gaston's players have reached the top 100 in the WTA/ATP polls, while 15 of his players have earned a national ranking and ten have received Division I tennis scholarships.
Prior to his time as a professional coach, Gaston played professionally, reaching the top 500 on the ATP tour. He claimed three Future Doubles Championship Titles and was a member of the Dunlop ATP traveling squad.
"It is an honor to be joining the men's tennis program at Furman," said Gaston. "I am very excited to work with Coach Jones and help continue to build on the tradition that has been a part of the Paladin program over the years."
Gaston, a native of Rome, Ga., earned a bachelor's degree in general studies from LSU in 2008. A four-year letterwinner for the Tigers, he captured ITA Doubles All-American honors as a junior after reaching the NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals. The 2007 SEC Indoor Doubles Champion, Gaston teamed with Danny Bryan to conclude the season ranked sixth in the nation. Gaston garnered second-team All-SEC accolades as a sophomore and was named to the SEC Honor Roll his junior and senior seasons.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information