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Erin Bryce Named Head Women's Tennis Coach at MBU

Erin Bryce Named Head Women's Tennis Coach at MBU

STAUNTON, VA - Mary Baldwin University’s Department of Athletics has announced that Erin Bryce has been named the new head women’s tennis coach.

Bryce comes to Mary Baldwin from James Madison University where she has been the assistant women’s coach since 2014.  In 2016-17, JMU went 17-8 in duals and finished the season ranked ninth in the Atlantic Region by the ITA.  In 2015-16, the team advanced to the CAA title match, finishing the year 18-7 which marked the most team wins for the team since 1989-90.

"I am enthusiastic to be joining the Mary Baldwin University family”, Bryce said.  “Women’s Tennis has a rich history, and I look forward to helping the program build upon their tradition of achievement. I would like to thank Interim Athletic Director Lynda Alanko for the opportunity to lead the Women’s Tennis Team as their new Head Coach. I am confident that under her positive leadership, the athletic department will continue to reach new levels of success.”

 Before moving to Virginia, Bryce served as the volunteer assistant coach at Mississippi State University for the 2013-14 season. Prior to her time with the Bulldogs, she spent four seasons (2009-13) as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for Saint Leo University, and helped propel the Lions from an unranked program to a top-10 national ranking.  She also taught tennis at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton, N.Y. during the summers while she was a coach at Saint Leo University.

Her first collegiate coaching position came in 2008 at the University of West Alabama, where she was the assistant coach for both cross country and tennis until 2009.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Bryce to Mary Baldwin University,” said Lynda Alanko, Interim Athletic Director.  “She has the right balance of expertise in her sport and interest in the development and overall well-being of the student-athlete which fits the program we are building here at Mary Baldwin.  As a successful student-athlete, she understands the demands our players face and is the right person to help them achieve success both on and off the court.”

Erin Bryce played No. 1 singles and doubles in tennis, and ran cross country at the University of Tampa. The tennis program was ranked in the top 25 nationally during her time with the Spartans, while the cross country program was ranked in the top 10 nationally. 

A two-time Academic All-American, she earned a bachelor’s degree in government and world affairs from University of Tampa in 2007.  She also completed a Master of Arts in Teaching program from West Alabama. Coach Bryce is currently taking classes within the College Student Personnel Administration department at James Madison University, and hopes to complete the Masters of Education program by December of 2018. She is married to James Bryce, the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at James Madison University. They have a 10-month old son, and are expecting their second child in early November.