McPherson, KS – April 7, 2016 – Central Christian College Athletic Director, Twiggs Reed, is pleased to announce the hiring of Richard Southern to take over as the head coach for the CCC men's and women's tennis programs.
Southern, who originally hails from Andrews, Texas, graduated from the University of the Southwest in 2012, where he played varsity tennis all four years. In 2014, Southern took a position at Southwestern College, as a graduate assistant for the men's and women's tennis programs.
He has spent the past three seasons, two as a graduate assistant, helping to build the SC Moundbuilder tennis programs into contenders in the KCAC conference. The men's team took a jump from 7th place to 4th place in conference during his first two seasons at SC, making the tourney for the first time in school history. During the same time span, the women's team took a jump from 5th place to 2nd place in conference, receiving votes in the national polls, during the 2015 season, for the first time in school history. In 2015, he was recognized by his coaching peers as the ITA men's Region IV assistant coach of the year.
"I'm excited to introduce, Richard Southern, as the newest member of the Central Christian College athletic program", said CCC Athletics Director, Twiggs Reed Coach Southern brings a visible enthusiasm for tennis and a deep passion to work and care for young men and women. I'm thrilled to have him as our new men's and women's tennis coach.
Southern takes over the helm of a tennis program at CCC that is in much need of some life breathed back into it. The men's program is four seasons removed from back to back trips to the NCCAA National Tournament, while the women's program had their best results in 2014 when they had their largest roster of 9 team members. Since those years, it has been less than smooth sailing for the Tiger tennis teams. For Coach Southern, it his goal to build the programs back and then take them beyond where they have been before.
"I'm excited to join the coaching staff at CCC", said Southern. "I want to thank Steve Reed and the school for giving me the opportunity to re-build a once successful program. This is an unbelievable opportunity for my fiancé, Raeann, and myself."
He is currently finishing out the season at SC while trying to do some recruiting for the Tigers in his spare time. He will marry his fiancé Raeann Richardson in late July, and then hit the ground running August 1st, when he joins the Tiger coaching staff full time.