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MBU Announces New Head Tennis Coach

Chris Stambaugh
Chris Stambaugh

STAUNTON, VA – Mary Baldwin University Director of Athletics, Jonas Worth, is pleased to announce the hiring of Christian Stambaugh as the new head men’s and women’s tennis coach.

Stambaugh comes to Mary Baldwin from Chowan University where he has built a successful men’s and women’s program over the past nine years. 

The men’s and women’s team captured the Conference Carolinas Championship in the spring of 2018.  The men finished the season 15-8 while the women tallied a 20-4 record.

The previous year, the men’s team finished 16-8 overall and received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.  The team captured the program’s first ever Regional title and advanced to the DII NCAA Tennis Sweet Sixteen and finished the season ranked #41 in the nation.  The women’s team produced a 20-9 season and 13-0 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play.  The team finished as the CIAA Tournament runner-up.

During the 2015-2016 season both the men’s and women’s team clinched the CIAA Championship title and Stambaugh was named CIAA Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s programs.

Stambaugh has had numerous student-athletes named to the All-CIAA team while also coaching three CIAA Players of the Year.

"Coach Stambaugh brings a proven track record for rebuilding programs into title contenders and global recruiting ability,” said Worth.  “He has the right attachment to the DIII philosophy that Mary Baldwin Athletics is looking to build on, from academic performance to achieving a balanced lifestyle beyond athletics.  He truly buys into the idea of the 'MBU family'".  

The West Virginia native started his coaching career at Shepherd University after a successful playing career there.  He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach in 2015.

At Shepherd, Coach Stambaugh led the men’s team to the WVIAC Conference tournament championship five times while the women’s team earned the title in 2003.  He was named the WVIAC Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005.

Along with his successful playing career at Shepherd, Stambaugh was ranked #1 in 2006 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section in 35 & Over Singles.  In 2013, he and his father, Robert Stambaugh, were ranked #13 in the nation in Senior Father/Son Doubles.

“I’m very excited about taking over the tennis program at Mary Baldwin University,” said Stambaugh.  “The campus is beautiful, the courts are terrific, and Staunton is very enthusiastic about tennis.  With all that in place, I’m very much looking forward to seeing how far Fighting Squirrels tennis can go.”