Scott Renninger is a veteran of the Westminster College Department of Athletics as he enters his 31st year. His venerable presence and guidance as a coach and administrator is vital to the direction of the Titan programs.
The 2008-09 academic year marks Renninger’s 10th year as head coach of the Westminster men’s tennis team and his fourth as head coach of the women’s squad.
Renninger, who succeeded S. Kipley Haas as the women’s tennis coach after her retirement in the spring of 2005, is the third person to coach the Titan women’s tennis team in the past 30 years.
Renninger, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons, led the Titan women to runner-up finishes at the PAC Championships in 2006 and 2007, including singles championships by April Scudere at No. 4 and Hilary Newman at No. 3 in each year, respectively. The 2007 team also tied a school record for wins in a season with a 10-6 record.
In his first season as women’s coach the Titans posted a 6-8 record and placed fourth in the PAC championships. Three singles players and two doubles tandems won their final matches at the PAC championships in third-place matches.
As the Titan men’s coach, Renninger led the team to an improvement in wins in each of his first three seasons. Then in 2004 he led a young squad to a 10-9 record and second-place finish in the PAC. In 2006, the men’s team posted a 6-9 record and placed sixth at the PAC championships. The Titans have posted 3-9 records in each of the last two seasons, but the 2006 season was highlighted by a surprising second-place at the PAC championships.
Renninger has served on the Titan coaching staff since arriving in New Wilmington in 1978. He served as an assistant coach for the Titan football team from that time until 2004, working with both the offensive line and special teams while also serving as administrative assistant for the program.
In 1999, he served as interim co-head football coach with Sean Kelly when then-head coach Gene Nicholson took a medical leave of absence. Renninger also served as head baseball coach at Westminster for 21 seasons from 1979-99, compiling a career record of 253-284-3 (.471).
A 1966 graduate of Heidelberg, Renninger and his wife, Phyllis, live in New Wilmington. They have three children: Angie (a 1997 Westminster graduate), Scooter and T.J. (a 2008 Westminster graduate).