This seems like a good appointment.

Alison Swain ’01 has been named the new head coach of women’s tennis at Williams College, acting athletic director Lisa Melendy announced recently.

Swain takes the reigns of the women’s tennis program from Julie Greenwood ’96, who resigned in June after nine seasons at the helm of the Ephs program. Greenwood is leaving Williams to join SquashHaven in New Haven, CT.

Swain played under Greenwood for four years, and helped the Ephs win their first NCAA title in 2001. “I am extremely excited to return to Williams College to coach the women’s tennis team,” Swain said. “Julie Greenwood has brought a lot of heart, tradition, and competitive excellence to the program; and I hope to continue both her legacy and the team’s legacy.”

I like to see coaches at Williams who are as smart as their players and who are likely to stay for years. Hiring alumni is more likely to achieve both goals. Kudos to Melendy on this choice.

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