(CRESTVEIW HILLS, Ky.) – Thomas More University Acting President Dr. Kathleen Jagger and Director of Athletics Terry Connor have announced that Shawn Barone has been named the new head men's and women's tennis coach at Thomas More.
Barone comes to Thomas More from Northern Kentucky University, where he had served as the assistant men's and women's tennis coach for six years (2011-13 and 2016-2018). At NKU, he was involved with recruiting, arranging team travels, conducting individual and group practices, while also coaching during matches. Barone was named the Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012, while assisting the women's team at NKU.
"We are excited to welcome Shawn to Thomas More as our new men's and women's tennis coach," commented Connor. "Shawn's coaching experience and local connections will help the tennis programs to continue to grow as we transition to NAIA and the Mid-South Conference next academic year."
Barone also served as the men's and women's assistant tennis coach at the University of Dayton (2010-11) and was the head girls' varsity tennis coach at Loveland High School (2008-2010). While, at Loveland he was named the FAVC Coach of the Year in all three years as he was in charge of overseeing all three girls' tennis teams at the high school and organizing fundraisers for the program.
Since 2014, Barone has been the tennis director at Five Seasons Sports club in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. As the tennis director, he is in charge of the entire tennis department, including supervising staff, programing and financials, while designing programs that fit the needs of the club's members. Barone also served 12 years as the tennis director of junior programs at Five Seasons and was the head professional for eight years at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"I would like to thank Dr. Jagger and Terry Connor for this great opportunity," stated Barone. "I am looking forward to working with the student-athletes on the tennis teams and to continue to build on an already successful program."
Barone is a 2001 graduate of Northern Kentucky and was a four-year letter winner for the Norse. He was named the team captain his senior season. Barone has been a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional since 2007 and earned his Etcheberry Cetification in 2008.