BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Birmingham-Southern Athletic Director Joe Dean, Jr., announced on Wednesday the hiring of Kel Lange as the school's new Head Men's Tennis Coach.
"Kel impressed all of us with his energy and enthusiasm for teaching tennis," Dean said. "Both Ann Dielen, our women's tennis coach, and I felt that Kel's experience coaching in the SEC, his long time involvement with youth tennis, and his passion for college coaching would serve our tennis student-athletes very well for years to come."
Lange comes to the Hilltop with an extensive coaching background in the SEC and Big 12. A native of Lexington, Ky., Lange spent four years as the Assistant Women's Tennis Coach at the University of Kentucky, where the Wildcats reached the NCAA Elite Eight. He left the Bluegrass state to become the Head Women's Coach at Mississippi State University, where he spent the next four years returning the Bulldogs to respectability.
Lange and his wife Tracy then moved to College Station, Texas, where he was the Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at Texas A&M University. In their first season, the Aggies were recognized as having the top recruiting class in the country and returned the Aggies to a Top 20 national ranking.
His experience also includes working with professional players, including French Open Doubles Champions Luke and Murphy Jensen, and Junior Player Development. Lange has been Director of Tennis at Little Rock Racquet Club, in Little Rock, Ark., and Director of Tennis at The Knoxville Racquet Club in Knoxville, Tenn.