Former Blue Devil and 2015 graduate Rachel Kahan has been named the Swensen-McMahon Head Coach of Women’s Tennis at Yale.
Kahan joins Yale after spending four seasons at Middlebury College, where she led the Panthers to two NCAA Tournament semifinal appearances. Kahan served as an assistant coach at Middlebury for one season before taking over as interim head coach in July of 2017 and as the full-time head coach in the spring of 2018.
“What an absolutely tremendous hire for both the women’s tennis program and the entire Yale community,” said head coach Jamie Ashworth. “The passion, drive and commitment that Rachel brings to everything she does will be infectious for all of those around her. She has demonstrated through her playing career at Duke and her coaching career at Middlebury that her love and knowledge of the game are second to none. The commitment level to improve herself and those around her which she brings to the courts on a daily basis will pay incredible dividends for all current and future Bulldog tennis players. The team will quickly learn that they have a coach that is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and focused to the task at hand. They will undoubtedly leave Yale as not only better tennis players but better people as well. I could not be happier for Rachel and for the Yale family.”
Kahan burst onto the scene as a freshman at Duke, recording one of the best individual seasons in program history during the 2010-11 campaign. The 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year, she recorded a 28-0 record in singles and 31-1 mark in doubles, on her way to an All-ACC selection. To date, Kahan remains the program record holder in consecutive singles win victories at 30.
The Unionville, Conn., native amassed a career singles record of 96-27 and a doubles mark of 60-37. Kahan helped lead the Blue Devils to the 2014 National Indoor Championship, a semifinal appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, two regular season ACC titles and the 2012 ACC Championship.
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