St. Mary’s City, Md. – St. Mary’s College of Maryland Senior Woman Administrator Erin McDonnell announced Thursday the return of Gregory Shedd as the head coach of the St. Mary’s men’s and women’s tennis programs. Shedd began his duties yesterday (Aug. 15) by attending the Department of Athletics & Recreation annual Welcome Back staff meeting.
This will be Shedd’s third term as a coach at St. Mary’s. He first stepped on campus as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season, helping the tennis teams to a combined 25 victories. The following season, Shedd assumed the role of head coach. He amassed a combined total of 27 victories and three trips to the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament between 2013 and 2015. Shedd also coached a pair of conference all-stars, including the 2015 CAC Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Year.
“We’re excited to welcome back Greg to St. Mary’s. His past experience with the Seahawk tennis programs will be an asset as Greg works to make the programs a contender in the Capital Athletic Conference,” said McDonnell. “In addition, I would like to thank the search committee and the student-athletes involved in the search process for their time and thoroughness.”
The Middletown, Maryland native will take over the reins from his former assistant, Tyler Robinson, who stepped down at the end of June for personal reasons after three seasons at the helm. Shedd inherits a pair of programs which made a combined three appearances in the CAC Tournament and produced two All-CAC selections.
The Seahawks demonstrated academic excellence as well under Robinson’s leadership, earning a combined 39 CAC All-Academic Team selections plus eight ITA Division III Scholar-Athlete honors in 2017.
Shedd expressed, “I am very thankful for the opportunity to return to St. Mary’s College of Maryland to continue to expand and strengthen the tennis program. I am excited and eager to get back to work with the exceptional student-athletes and faculty at SMCM.”
He comes back to St. Mary’s after spending three years at the Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, Virginia as the athletics director and science teacher. Shedd also served as the head coach of the boys basketball and tennis varsity teams as well as the secretary of the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) and the Valley Middle School Conference (VMSC).
During his tenure as the athletics director, Chelsea Academy gained five DAC DII championships in boys soccer (2016 and 2017), girls volleyball (2016), girls basketball (2018) and girls soccer (2018).
Before he began his collegiate coaching career, Shedd spent four seasons (2009-2013) as the mentor of the varsity volleyball and tennis programs at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Maryland as well as the head coach of the junior varsity girls basketball team and an assistant for the varsity squad.
Shedd graduated from Frostburg State University in 2009 with a B.S. in biology with secondary teaching certification. He is currently pursuing a master’s in educational leadership and human resource development from Towson University.
As a player at Frostburg State, Shedd earned four All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) honors in doubles play, including first team nods in 2006 (No. 2 doubles) and 2008 (No. 1 doubles). He helped the Bobcats to the AMCC team championship in 2007. Shedd owns a National Tennis Rating Program ranking of 4.5.
The 2018-19 men’s and women’s tennis seasons begin Saturday, September 15 when the Seahawks travel to Frederick, Maryland to take on Hood College.
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