The Spring Hill College Department of Athletics announced today that Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach H. Hans Laub will resign effective at the end of the fall semester.
Laub decided to step aside at SHC to focus on his fulltime occupation as the Managing Tennis Professional of Oakwood Swim and Racquet Club and to allow him more time with his family.
"It really boils down to not being able to serve two masters," said Laub. "I have a responsibility to Oakwood and I wasn't able to serve Spring Hill Tennis the way it deserves to be served. I just can't be in two places at once. Working at Spring Hill College was the greatest privilege of my life and I loved every minute of it."
SHC Director of Athletics Jim Hall said, "On behalf of the Department of Athletics, I want to extend my sincere thanks to Coach Hans for his hard work and dedication over the last four years. He has strengthened our tennis programs and put SHC tennis on a very solid footing. Additionally, he's been an excellent role model for our student athletes. Selfishly, I tried to talk him into staying on with the program. Unfortunately for us, his obligations and responsibilities elsewhere require more of his time and attention right now. We're definitely going to miss him in our department and I wish him well."
In four years at Spring Hill College, Laub built an overall record of 48-59 and a conference record of 34-35 in both men's and women's tennis. On the women's side, he holds a 30-24 record including 22-16 in conference play. For the men, he built an 18-35 record with 12-19 conference record.
The 2007 Lady Badgers team finished 2nd in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) and in 2008 the men's team also ended the year 2nd in the GCAC standings for the teams' best conference showings under Laub. Last year's 12 wins by the Lady Badgers was the most by either squad in the past four seasons.
During Laub's time at SHC, he coached five All-Conference selections, nine Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes and six NAIA Scholar Teams.
Laub will close out his tenure at SHC with the 2010 ITA Fall South Regional Tournament in New Orleans, La., on October 1-3 and the University of West Florida Fall Fling Tennis Tournament in Pensacola, Fla., on October 22-24.
Spring Hill College will begin a search for a successor and anticipates having a new coach in place in time for the spring schedule.