TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond announced the hiring of Colin Foster as the new assistant women's tennis coach on Sept. 26, 2006. Foster, a former Purdue tennis standout, and Hammond will look to lead the Horned Frogs to another late run in the NCAA Championships this season.
"This was a great opportunity for me and I'm excited to be here," Foster, a 2006 graduate of Purdue with a degree in accounting, said. "I feel like my on-court presence is going to benefit the team greatly because I just finished playing collegiate tennis. I am honored to be apart of the program and I look forward to getting on the court with the team to see what I can add."
Hammond wasted little time getting Foster on the court. Due to the travel of the 2006 ITA/Riviera Championships in California, Hammond kept Foster behind to coach the players who are not participating.
"Colin will be a great benefit to our program because he is competitive and has strong knowledge of the game," Hammond said. "He will add an extra dimension to our team because he can get on the court and practice with the players. We are elated to have him. As a pair, we hope to continue the success of the TCU women's tennis program."
Foster, a native of Western Springs, Ill., had an outstanding four-year career with the Boilermakers. He spent most of his time at No. 1 singles last spring and was named team Most Valuable Player at the end-of-the-year banquet. He finished his collegiate career in May 2006, having played an impressive 121 total singles matches and 78 doubles competitions.
Regarded as one of the top young coaches in the country, Hammond was named interim head coach of the TCU women's tennis program in August 2006 after serving two years under former head coach Dave Borelli (who is now the TCU men's head coach).
Foster and Hammond look to establish a new identity as a coaching pair and have high hopes of carrying on the strong women's tennis tradition at TCU.
The TCU women's tennis team finished the 2006 season ranked 15th in the final ITA poll which ties the highest finish since the 1979-80 season. The Frogs' season was filled with many first and notable accomplishments. All indications from the outset proved the Frogs would have a strong year as the team began the 2006 season ranked 14th according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's preseason poll. Four Horned Frogs were ranked in the top 50 in singles, and one doubles duo placed in the top 50 as well. The No. 14 team billing tied a school record that was initially set in April 1982 and later equaled in February 2005. Having four Frogs ranked among the top 50 in singles was also a school record.