Smith Hired as New Assistant Coach
Smith Hired as New Assistant Coach
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jordan Smith, former Memphis tennis player and Middle Tennessee assistant coach, has been hired as the new K-State women’s tennis assistant coach, as announced by head coach Danielle Steinberg.
Smith, who will start at K-State later this month, will replace former assistant Mark Denenfeld.
"I am excited Jordan is joining us here at K-State,” said Steinberg. “His player development experience, as well as his ability to connect and relate to the student-athletes will make an immediate and positive impact on our program. Jordan shares a lot of my coaching philosophies and is ready to give his 100% for our players and program.”
A Memphis native, Smith most recently served as an assistant with the Middle Tennessee men’s tennis program. He helped lead the Blue Raiders to a 13-13 record last season while also assisted bringing in the 25th-best 2015 recruiting class, according to www.TennisRecruiting.com. MT had three players earn All-Conference USA honors, including second team doubles recipients, Victor Hoang and Ettore Zito. Zito was also named first team singles while Gian Issa picked up second team singles honors.
"I want to thank Coach Steinberg, Athletic Director John Currie and [Assistant Athletic Director/Women’s Tennis Sport Administrator] Clint Dowdle for the opportunity to coach at a great university,” said Smith. “This program has been very successful over the years with team and individual recognitions. Coach Steinberg has the team on track to earn more conference and national success in the future. I’m excited to help these student-athletes grow and reach their overall potential"
In addition to playing at Memphis from 2007-2011, Smith was a volunteer assistant coach for the Tigers’ women’s tennis program in 2012 and helped guide the team to a 16-5 record. After his coaching stint with the Tigers, Smith worked with the U.S. International Indoor Championships as well as coached junior team competitions.
Smith played No. 1 singles and doubles at Memphis and reached as high as a No. 47 rank in the country in doubles entering the fall of 2010. Throughout his career, he compiled a 48-26 doubles record and captured two Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit tournament championships in doubles.
The ITA Scholar-Athlete graduated from Memphis in 2011 with a degree in political science and minor in management.
Prior to attending Memphis, Smith lettered three years at Memphis University School before transferring for his senior year of high school to El Camino High in California.
Smith and second-year coach Steinberg will welcome back six players from last year’s squad that reached the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships, a group that includes juniors Ivan Bago, Sara Castellano, Livia Cirnu, Palma Juhasz and Maria Panaite as well as sophomore Carolina Costamagna. Incoming freshman Millie Stretton will join the Wildcats in the upcoming fall semester.
What they are saying about Jordan Smith…
Mark Finnegan, North Florida Men’s Tennis Coach and former Memphis Men’s Assistant (2008-13)
“Jordan is one of the brightest young coaches out there right now. He has always had a big heart and good communication skills. But most importantly, he has a great work ethic. Considering these attributes, I have no doubt he will have a huge impact on the K State women's tennis program.”
Lee Walker, TCU Women’s Tennis Head Coach and former Memphis Women’s Tennis Coach (2008-14)
"Throughout the years I've had the pleasure of both coaching Jordan and coaching alongside him. He is uniquely gifted at having a passion and drive that is under control and steady. He has a lot of fire and intensity, but it's timely and appropriate for the moment. He is a perfect match for Danielle and they will excel together. Kansas State and the Big 12 will both benefit tremendously."