In his second season leading the men's and women's tennis teams, Tom Simpson and the Cobras had an impressive year.
Simpson was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year and the United States Professional Tennis Association Southern Division Coach of the Year. He led the Cobra men to the program's first ever regular season conference championship, going a perfect 10-0 in conference play. They were 18-5 overall with their only losses to Division I opponents or nationally ranked DII teams. They were ranked as high as No. 6 in the Southeast Region and Andre Staab became the first-ever Coker player to be ranked nationally (No. 32) and regionally (No.12) by the ITA. Staab was also named Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year and ITA Rookie of the Year.
On the women's side, the Cobras advanced to the conference tournament for the third consecutive year, posting a record of 7-14 overall.
In 2012-13 six Cobras received all-conference honors, four men and two women. Andre Staab, William Marrafao, James Corfield and Tom Sizeland were all-conference on the men's team, while Daniela Chipe and Jessi Campos were all-conference on the women's team.
Simpson joined the Coker staff in September 2011. Simpson comes
from the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., where
he was most recently served as a pro giving private and group
lessons, as well as serving as the traveling coach for the tennis
academy. He was also the Co-Director of the Academy’s Housing
of International and National Students.
Prior to his time at Smith Stearns, Simpson served as the head professional and tennis director at several tennis clubs in Columbia, S.C. and Hilton Head including The Rockbridge Club, the Spring Valley Country Club, the Forest Lake Country Club and the Port Royal Racquet Club.
A very successful professional tennis instructor, coach and player, Simpson holds his United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) P1 certification and his United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) certification.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oakland University in Rochester Mich. where he competed in the NCAA Division II singles and doubles championships in 1979. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University.