By Tom Brown
On Wednesday April 16th Benedictine University women’s tennis coach Mandy Semenick announced her resignation effective immediately.
Semenick, a graduate of Ben U had been the Eagles head tennis coach since 2007. She will be opening a private practice in the counseling field.
Semenick’s resignation came as a huge shock to the team when she informed them of her resignation at a meeting held on Monday April 14th.
“It was a huge shock, nobody saw it coming,” sophomore Anna Savio said. “She told us how great of a team we were and how much we meant to her.”
Semenick experienced success in her tenure as head coach tying for the Northern Athletics Conference championship in 2010 with a 10-1 record. In 2011 her last season as Eagles head coach, her team finished with a mark of 4-8 including 4-7 in conference play.
With Semenick’s resignation comes a period of uncertainty as Ben U has begun a nationwide search to find the next head tennis coach. Even with that search in place the players are anxious to find out who will be coaching them before they leave for summer vacation.
“Since it’s going into summer we’re anxious to know who our coach is, and we hope to have the chance to meet them and practice for them before school gets out,” Savio said.
Overall the team was sad to hear of Semenick’s resignation but wishes her well in her future endeavors.
“We were so used to her style so being with a new coach will be a hard thing for us to adapt to, but we will because that’s what coach would have wanted,” Savio said.
“As an individual she was always there for us, so now it’s our time as individuals to be there for here, all I can say is thank you to her and that I wish her all the best.”