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THE FLATS - Georgia Tech women's tennis head coach Rodney Harmon announced that former Yellow Jacket Christy Lynch will join the Jackets as an assistant coach on Monday.
"I would like to thank head coach Rodney Harmon, athletic director Mike Bobinski and associate director of athletics/SWA Theresa Wenzel for this amazing opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater," Lynch said. "I can't wait to get started working with the team and I'm looking forward to helping build a championship program here at Georgia Tech."
Lynch, whose maiden name is Striplin, played for the Yellow Jackets from 2005-09 and was a part of one of the most memorable Georgia Tech teams in the history of the program. During her time on the court for the Jackets, Tech won the 2007 NCAA National Championship, four ACC titles and two team National Indoor titles. Lynch helped the Yellow Jackets win the 2007 National Championship by winning all six of her singles matches in the NCAA Championship.
"I am so happy to have Christy join our program," Harmon said. "She did such a great job as a volunteer assistant coach during my first year at Georgia Tech. She was a part of the most successful team in women's tennis history with four ACC titles, two National Team Indoor championships and the 2007 NCAA National Team Championship. Christy was such a great competitor. I know she will bring the same fight and competitiveness to this position."
Lynch's name can be seen throughout the Georgia Tech record book. The Birmingham, Alabama native's 117 career singles matches is second all-time at Georgia Tech and her 68 doubles victories ranks 11th on the career list. Lynch recorded 35 singles wins on the way to the 2007 National Championship, which is the sixth-highest seasonal mark in Tech history. As a senior in 2008-09, she aided the Yellow Jackets' fifth straight NCAA round of 16 appearance, and finished off the year with a 30-14 singles record along with a No. 42 national ranking.
Lynch graduated from Georgia Tech in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in management. Following graduation, Lynch competed as a professional on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for a year. Lynch returned to the Flats in 2012, serving as a volunteer assistant coach during Harmon's first season at the helm of the Jackets. Lynch was then hired as the assistant coach of the Emory women's tennis team in August 2013.
During the 2013-14 season, the Emory Eagles won the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship while setting a school record for wins in a year with a 28-2 record. Lynch helped coach the NCAA D-III National Singles Champion, three Division III ITA All-Americans, the ITA Division III Atlantic South Regional Player of the Year, the ITA Division III Senior Player of the Year and the UAA MVP and Rookie of the Year. Both Lynch and Emory head coach Amy Bryant were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. Seven Eagles were also named to the All-UAA First Team this past season.
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