Utah State women’s tennis head coach Sean McInerney announced Tuesday the addition of Ruth Seaborne as an assistant coach to the program. Seaborne joins the Aggies from the University of Iowa where she was an assistant coach, following a two-year career with the Hawkeyes.
“I am very excited that Ruth has decided to join our staff and help us climb to the top of the Mountain West Conference,” McInerney said. “I believe that she is the perfect person to help get us to our lofty goals that we have set as a program.
“She was a tremendous player, extremely organized, passionate and comes from a coaching staff and program that I respect tremendously. She will be a great fit and I am excited for her to join our Aggie tennis family.”
Seaborne was a two-time team MVP with Iowa and earned a pair of first-team all-Big Ten accolades in 2013 and 2014. Seaborne played exclusively as the No. 1 singles position and compiled a record of 28-15 during two years of dual match play and a 17-9 record in fall tournaments.
Seaborne began her collegiate career at Florida State University, opening her sophomore campaign as the No. 99 ranked player in singles after a 17-8 finish as a true freshman. Her freshman year also included a pair of victories at the NCAA Tournament as part of an eight-match winning streak at the end of the year.
In addition, Seaborne also took part in the Junior Championships at Wimbledon and captured a doubles and singles championship at the British Junior National Championships in her native England.
“I’d like to thank coach McInerney and Utah State University for this opportunity,” Seaborne said. “I’m excited to be a part of a great university and program and look forward to continuing to build and improve Utah State tennis in the Mountain West and nationally. I believe in coach McInerney’s philosophy and vision for Utah State tennis. He’s already had an immediate impact and I’m excited to be a part of the program.”
Seaborne is anticipated to start on Aug. 1.
Utah State women’s tennis finished the 2014-15 season as the No. 6 seed going into the Mountain West Tournament, wrapping up the regular season with a 14-11 overall mark. Individually, senior McKenzie Davis was named the Mountain Region ITA Senior Player of the Year in addition to being named all-Mountain West in singles and doubles. Freshman Maggie O’Meara joined Davis, earning all-Mountain West accolades in doubles.
Kyle Cottam is the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at Utah State University.