Becker steps down as head tennis coach; Elbin promoted

Becker steps down as head tennis coach; Elbin promoted

PHILADELPHIA – Shawn Becker has stepped down as the head coach of the Philadelphia University men's and women's tennis programs on Tuesday. Director of Athletics Tom Shirley has named Zachary Elbin as the head coach of both teams.

Becker leaves the University after five seasons—three as a head coach and two as an assistant—to take over the women's tennis program at Missouri Western State University. As the Rams' head coach, the women posted a 41-24 record and made three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tournaments, while the men went 26-33 and qualified for two conference tournaments.

"I'd like to thank Shawn for his five years at Philadelphia University and wish him success in the future," Shirley stated. "We are very excited to have Zach step up and accept the head coaching role. His familiarity with the players and the University will be a tremendous asset for the programs." 

Elbin steps into his new role after spending the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach under Becker. In addition to his coaching duties, Elbin is a tennis instructor at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in its Neighborhood Base Program, munchkin and junior development clinics, and Legacy Training Camp.

A 2014 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace with a degree in education, Elbin played at the varsity level for four seasons, complied a combined record of 33-19, and was a part of the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament team. He had a 17-6 doubles record during the 2013-14 campaign.

Elbin inherits a women's tennis program that went 15-8 in 2014-15 and reached the semifinal round of the CACC Tournament, and a men's team that posted a 10-12 mark and made the CACC Tournament.

The women open the 2015-16 season with a non-conference match at the University of the Sciences on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m.