Dec. 18, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Ricky Doverspike
, a former No. 1 player for the Crimson Tide men's tennis team who lettered from 2008-12, has been named assistant coach of the women's tennis team, head coach Jenny Mainz
announced on Wednesday.
"We are very excited about Ricky joining our program," said Mainz. "Ricky is no stranger to Alabama tennis as he was a standout player on the men's team. Ricky brings valuable experience to our program as he had the opportunity to lead the Tide playing at the top of the lineup. His background in the SEC coupled with his dedication to the Crimson Tide make him an excellent fit for our team. We are eager to get the season started with Ricky's advent."
Doverspike joins the women's team after serving as a volunteer assistant for the Tide men's team for the past year.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to join Jenny Mainz, and the Alabama women's tennis program," said Doverspike. "I want to thank George Husack for giving me the opportunity to coach on the men's team and allow me to grow as a coach and as a person. I am extremely excited to coach at my Alma Mater and believe that my experience within this conference can make an immediate impact with this group of women."
Doverspike's transition from player to coach was a seamless one with the team respecting and looking to their former teammate for guidance from the start. In his first season on staff, Alabama returned to the NCAA Championship tournament and roped in four more wins than it had the season prior. In addition, the Tide had several individuals recognized nationally, regionally and on the conference level as Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra earned All-America status in doubles, Botha and Becker O'Shaughnessey All-SEC honors and Daniil Proskura the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award as well as the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award for the ITA's southern region.
Doverspike enjoyed a solid playing career, amassing 66 wins in singles and another 82 victories in doubles over the four-year span. During his freshman campaign, Doverspike went undefeated in singles play throughout the dual match season, with five of those wins coming against ranked teams. In 2010, he was the only player on the squad to amass 20-plus wins in both singles and doubles, leading the team in singles victories with 23. As a senior, Doverspike was named to the All-SEC Second Team and advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championships with Botha.
Doverspike earned his undergraduate degree in management from The Capstone in 2012 and went on to complete his master's degree in sport management in 2013. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years in addition to being a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and an ITA Scholar-Athlete.
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