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George HenryJuly 16: Henry Named Head Men’s Tennis Coach. George Henry has been named head men’s tennis coach at Muhlenberg College. He replaces Bill Adams, who had a 28-15 record in three seasons as the Mules’ coach.

Henry, who served as an assistant at Muhlenberg last season, is a 1991 graduate of North Carolina Central, where he was an all-conference player. A United States Professional Tennis Association-certified teacher, he recently was named Long Island regional director by the United States Tennis Association.

Since 1997, Henry has been executive director of the non-profit National Urban Youth Tennis Foundation Inc. in North Miami, Fla., a grassroots program designed to introduce the game to inner-city children. He also is president of GTen Services Inc., a North Miami-based company that trains, instructs and manages professional tennis players.

In 1994, Henry worked as a tennis instructor at the Richard Williams Tennis Association, where he helped train Venus and Serena Williams. He was head professional at the Washington (D.C.) Tennis Foundation the following year.

July 19: Tipping to Leave Muhlenberg; Topping Named Interim Soccer Coach. Jeff Tipping, head coach of the Muhlenberg College men’s soccer team since 1986, has accepted a full-time position as director of
Jeff Tipping
coaching education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Tipping, who was the NSCAA’s director of coaching in a part-time capacity from 1996 to 2000, begins his new post at the NSCAA office in Mission, Kan., on Aug. 1

Muhlenberg has named Sean Topping interim head coach for the 2002 season. Topping, a 1998 graduate of Muhlenberg, was a four-year letterwinner under Tipping and co-captain of the 1997 Centennial Conference championship
Sean Topping
team. A two-time all-region selection, he served as an assistant to Tipping in 1999 and 2000 and was head men’s and women’s coach at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, last year.

Tipping compiled an outstanding career record of 225-71-21 (.743) in 16 seasons at Muhlenberg, leading the Mules to three Centennial Conference championships and eight NCAA Tournament appearances, one of which resulted in a trip to the “Final Four” in 1995. A three-time NSCAA regional coach of the year, Tipping coached seven All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans. He is one of only three coaches in the school’s athletic history to win at least 200 games as head coach of one team.

Tipping also experienced success as head coach of the Muhlenberg men’s golf team, which won three Centennial Conference championships the last six seasons. Muhlenberg will name a replacement golf coach shortly.

Tipping takes the reins of one of the leading coaching education programs in the world, one he helped shape. His involvement with the NSCAA’s education program began in 1983, when he became a member of the national staff. Tipping was named assistant director of coaching in 1994 and director in 1996.

During his previous tenure as director of coaching, Tipping introduced the Premier Diploma Course, the highest level of achievement in the NSCAA coaching curriculum; implemented the Advanced Regional Diploma program to introduce 11 v. 11 instruction at the grassroots level; launched the Goalkeeping Diploma program; increased diversity in NSCAA’s coaching education efforts by identifying and appointing coaches of color and women to the National Academy Staff; initiated the concept of a Spanish-speaking arm of the National Staff, which has developed into the Latin American Soccer Coaches Association (LASCA); helped form the NSCAA’s Black Soccer Coaches Committee; and developed the concept of Regional Directors of Coaching, a network NSCAA now uses to coordinate its non-residential courses.

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Last updated July 16, 2002