EMORY, Va. – Emory & Henry College has selected Dustin Hale as the Wasps' new men's tennis coach, Director of Athletics Myra Sims announced Wednesday. Hale takes over the reins from Josh Parmenter, who will focus his efforts as E&H's women's tennis coach after overseeing both programs in the spring of 2011.
"We've hired a great young coach in Dustin Hale," said Sims. "He has played for, and coached with, a strong mentor at North Carolina Wesleyan where he was able to see what it takes to build a program into a regional and national contender. He is eager and passionate about coaching tennis and I believe that he will be an inspiration to our student-athletes. I am excited to have Dustin join our staff."
Hale comes to Emory after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, North Carolina Wesleyan College, in Rocky Mount, N.C., for the past two seasons. While on the Battling Bishops' staff, Hale worked with Head Coach Dominic Modici, who has turned the NCWC men's tennis program into a national contender in just four seasons.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity to come and be a part of a great school, and to prove myself as a head coach," said Hale. "I feel very welcomed here at E&H, and I have plans to take the team to the top of the ODAC."
The past two seasons, North Carolina Wesleyan has gone deep into NCAA Division III postseason play, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2010 and the Elite 8 this past spring in addition to USA South Regular Season and Tournament titles.
As an undergraduate, Hale played four seasons at NCWC and in 2009 was a member of the school's first-ever USA South Regular Season and Tournament Championship team.
"I have to thank the Bishops of N.C. Wesleyan and Dominic Modise for giving me memories that will last a lifetime, and for being so good to me during my time there," continued Hale. "I love you guys and wouldn't have had this opportunity without you."
Hale earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and religion from North Carolina Wesleyan in 2009.