Colin Crothers is in his third year as head women¹s tennis coach at Appalachian State. The program has seen steady improvement with Crothers at the helm.
Crothers received a rude introduction to collegiate coaching in 1999, when his Mountaineers tallied a 3-15 record that included a 1-8 Southern Conference mark. His team rebounded last season to record a 12-7 mark, including a 6-3 tally in league matches.
Prior to coming onboard at Appalachian, Crothers was at eaching tennisprofessional. He served stints at top facilities Pittsburgh, Pa., Atlanta, Ga., and at Yonahlossee Resort and club in Boone.
Presently, Crothers balances his duties at Appalachian with being recognized as the head professional at Elk River Country Club in Banner Elk, N.C., in the summer months. He also plays in N.C. State tournaments. Crothers was ranked as high as No. 7 in the 35-and-over division in 1999.
A four-year letterwinner at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., Crothers graduated with a degree in business administration. Tabbed a three-time NAIA Tennis All-America honoree, he was awarded Academic All-American plaudits in 1983.
Crothers is married to Dr. Doris Bazzini, a psychology professor at Appalachian State. The couple has a son, Joel Peter, born in June of 2000. They reside in Boone with their dogs, Maggie and Canucci.