Joyner Named Interim Tennis Coach

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College has named Colin Joyner as the school's Interim Head Tennis Coach for 2006-07. Joyner, an assistant for the men's and women's team for the past two years and a 2003 graduate of Bowdoin, will assume the duties from Jane Paterson, who is taking a leave of absence.

"This will be Colin's eighth year as part of the Bowdoin Tennis Program as a player and coach," comments Athletic Director Jeff Ward. "We're very lucky to have him available to step into this position and are excited to see what this talented team can achieve in the coming year."

Joyner graduated cum laude from Bowdoin in 2003 with a BA in Music. He played #1 singles for the Polar Bears all four years, qualifying for the NCAA National Individual Tournament every season. A three time All-American, twice for both singles and doubles, Joyner co-captained the Polar Bears his junior and senior year, leading the Bowdoin Men's Team to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2002 and a year-end ranking of sixth in the country.

During his tenure as a student-athlete at Bowdoin, Joyner was honored as the Bowdoin College First-Year Male Athlete of the Year in 2000 and Male Athlete of the Year in 2003. His senior year he was distinguished as the ITA Northeast Region Senior Player of the Year and the NESCAC Player of the Year. He was named to the NESCAC All-Conference Team for singles from 2001-03 and for doubles in 2000, 2002, and 2003. His senior year, Joyner also netted the Clarence Chaffee Award given annually to the player who best combined and displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest levels of sportsmanship.

After graduating, Joyner moved to Palm Springs, California to train with Paul "Hobie" Holbach, former UCLA coach and former coach of Lindsay Davenport, and traveled on the Futures Circuit. He also worked as a hitting partner for several of the top-ranked women in the world including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Martina Navratilova, Lisa Raymond, Chanda Rubin, and Elena Likhovtseva. During the winter of 2004-05 he ran a junior development program in Damariscotta, ME and for the last two summers he worked as a tennis pro and yoga instructor at Bald Peak Colony Club on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Joyner is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and he runs the strength and conditioning program for both teams.

The Polar Bear tennis teams are both coming off solid seasons that saw them each qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The men's team has reached the tourney in each of the past seven years, while the women have qualified for five consecutive seasons.