Courtney Vernon has been appointed head coach of the FGCU women's tennis program, director of athletics Ken Kavanagh announced this week.
Vernon brings a wealth of experience to SWFL, having served as an assistant coach for the past three years at the collegiate level and as a player both professionally and collegiately. Most recently, Vernon served as the women's assistant for her alma mater, USF, since July 2012.
"I am very grateful to Ken Kavanagh for allowing me to be a part of the FGCU athletics family," Vernon said. "The opportunities at the school are limitless. I am looking forward to embracing the process of mentoring and building a culture of committed, determined women who want to succeed on the court, in the classroom, in the community and in all other aspects of their lives."
She inherits a program which lost one senior and posted its most successful season since making the transition to Division I in 2007. The Eagles won a record 11 matches in 2012-13 - marking the second consecutive season of double-digit victories - en route to earning another berth in the Atlantic Sun Championship.
Vernon replaces Jen Gabou, who stepped away in July following five years at the helm of the program.
During her tenure at USF, the Bulls finished as the Big East runner-up last year, losing to top-seeded Notre Dame in the tournament final.
Vernon turned pro in 2007 (forfeiting her collegiate eligibility) and had her best two finishes in top International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments, reaching the singles quarterfinals at Evansville, Ind., and St. Joseph, Mo., and making it to the semifinal round of both events in doubles action.