CHESTERTOWN — Washington College has tapped a former Division I tennis player and coach to head its men's and women's tennis programs.
Athletic director Thad Moore announced the hiring of Oliver Reynolds in a news release July 7.
Reynolds, 28, succeeds Jason Ringstad, who resigned in May to attend law school.
Reynolds' first day was Monday, July 10.
Washington's men (12-6) and women (10-8) qualified for their respective five-team Centennial Conference Tournament this spring. Both programs have a storied history.
The Shoremen captured the NCAA Division III championship in 1994 and again in 1997, and have won a total of 20 Middle Atlantic Conference and Centennial Conference championships.
Washington's women were MAC champions in 1991 and Centennial co-champions in 2002.
"I will encourage both Washington College tennis programs to be highly competitive, working towards finishing at the top of the conference and competing for a conference championship," Reynolds said in the college-issued news release. "I would also like to see both the men's and women's programs nationally ranked within the next few seasons. Bringing in strong recruits will be vital in our success."
He added: "Washington College is a beautiful campus. The school has much to offer both academically and athletically.
"The athletic department has been incredible to work with thus far and I have received many kind words of support from the staff. I can sense a strong feeling of family at Washington College and I look forward to being a part of Goose Nation."
Reynolds played tennis for four years at Samford University in Alabama, serving as a captain in his senior year.
He spent the past three seasons on the coaching staff at The College of Charleston. Prior to that he was the interim head men's tennis coach at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
"Oliver will be a great addition to our staff," Moore said in the July 7 news release. "His experience coaching and playing at the highest collegiate level will benefit our student-athletes immediately and his demonstrated dedication to recruiting will positively impact our teams long term. We look forward to working with him as he leads our program both on and off the court."
In a prepared statement, Reynolds said he was grateful for the opportunity that he has been given.
“Washington College tennis already has established a strong foundation, thanks to the great coaching staff that has come before me. They have laid the groundwork for success and I feel confident that both programs will be able to compete at a high level. With the incredible facilities that Washington College has, I know we have the tools we need to be successful,” he said.
Reynolds was promoted to associate head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs at Charleston last September after serving as an assistant coach for both programs for two seasons.
With Reynolds on staff, Charleston's men went 48-25 over three seasons. The Cougars won the Colonial Athletic Association championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2016 after finishing as the conference runner-up the previous season.
On the women's side, Charleston went 48-34 over that same span, reaching the championship match of the CAA Tournament in 2015.
Reynolds was heavily involved with the Cougars' recruiting efforts, fundraising and community service outreach.
"Coming from two amazing programs at the College of Charleston, I feel well equipped for this next chapter," Reynolds said in the news release. "I had two top-tier coaches to work with and learn from. Both Jay Bruner and Angelo Anastapoulo are talented coaches and always were supportive of me taking on greater responsibilities as the associate head coach."
The Citadel provided Reynolds with his first college coaching job in January 2012, when he came aboard as an assistant men's coach. He was elevated to interim head men's tennis coach 13 months later at the age of 24. Reynolds guided the Bulldogs to a 7-14 mark that spring, their best record in any of their past seven seasons.
Reynolds played for the Bulldogs of Samford University. They won the Ohio Valley Conference championship when Reynolds was a freshman and the Southern Conference championship in his senior year, advancing to the NCAA Division I Tournament both seasons.
(Samford moved from the Ohio Valley Conference in 2008.)
Reynolds played No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles during his senior season.
Over four years, he had a 53-31 singles record and a 41-31 doubles record.
Reynolds earned a B.S. in business administration-finance from Samford in 2011.
He has worked in finance and also spent four summers as the head tennis professional at Northeast Harbor Swim & Tennis Club in Maine.