Doane College Athletic Director Greg Heier announced today that Karen Madden has been selected head women's tennis coach for the Tigers.
A native of Littleton, Colo., Madden graduated Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana Tech University in 1996 after playing high school tennis at Columbine High School. She was a member of the women's tennis team at Louisiana Tech, playing #6 singles and earning Newcomer-of-the-Year honors.
"Karen is the right person at the right time for this job," Heier said of Madden's selection. "We are investing in our tennis program and are in the process of adding six lighted tennis courts outside of the Haddix Center for the upcoming season. Karen has the energy, talent and ambition to build our women's tennis program to compete at the highest level of the Great Plains Athletic Conference."
Madden's playing experience dates back prior to high school. Her recognition in the sport took off during her high school playing days where she was the 1992 5A Colorado State #1 Singles Champion while playing for Columbine High School. She was a three-time league and regional champion and ranked in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Junior's Top Four from 1990-92.
In 2010, she joined Nebraska Tennis Center in Lincoln as a part-time instructor. She continues to play tennis as well, holding a 4.5 rating with the USTA.
"I am excited to begin working with the Doane women's tennis program and hope to build a strong and competitive team," said Madden.
Madden also hopes that she will be able share and pass along the experiences she had playing collegiate tennis.
"Being a collegiate athlete was such a privilege for me, and I truly treasure my college tennis experience and the character and discipline that it helped me to develop on and off the court," Madden recalled. "The teamwork and collaborative skills that I gained through college tennis are valuable assets in my daily and professional life, and even today I remain friends with many of my past teammates. I hope to help provide the girls with a positive college tennis experience that they, too, will look back on fondly."
Madden replaces Barb Kuzma who resigned his position in April following the 2010 season. She lives in Lincoln with her husband, Trevor.