CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina University Athletics today announced Bret Beaver has taken the position of Head Women’s Tennis Coach for the Catamounts. Beaver replaces Michaela and Jacob Eddins who left the position earlier this month when Jacob took an Associate Head Coach job at Auburn.
“I would first like to thank Director of Athletics Randy Eaton for the opportunity to be a part of the Catamount family, Beaver said. “I would also like to thank the search committee consisting of Larry Arbaugh, Rick Fulton, and Stacey Miller; I am grateful and humbled to be the next head women’s tennis coach at Western Carolina University. I am very excited to take over a program that Michaela Kissell-Eddins and Jacob Eddins had going in the right direction. I hope to build upon their success and continue Western Carolina University’s ascension in the Southern Conference.”
“We wanted to bring in someone that had been a part of successful programs, and proven success on the recruiting side as well,” said Senior Women’s Administrator Stacey Miller. “The best fit in this role understands student beforeathlete while maintaining a competitive program. We have found that in Coach [Bret] Beaver”.
Beaver comes to Western Carolina from former Southern Conference school Elon University where he spent three seasons, 2015-2018, as an assistant coach and then associate head coach for the Phoenix women’s tennis program.
In the 2018 season Elon, under the direction of Head Coach Elizabeth Anderson and Beaver, the Phoenix reached the semi-finals of the CAA Tournament and placed four on the all-conference team.
“Congratulations to Western Carolina on the hiring of Bret Beaver,” Anderson said. “His student-athletes will have a very loyal leader who will work tremendously hard to help them reach their full potential both in the classroom and on the court. Bret was a very valuable part of our team for the past three seasons. I wish him all the best at Western Carolina. He will be a tremendous asset to the entire Catamount community.”
While Beaver was an assistant coach at Elon, the team amassed a record of 46-31 and a total of nine Phoenix earned post-season honors. In his first and second year with the team, Elon earned the No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament.
Prior to Elon, Beaver was an assistant women’s tennis coach at Charleston Southern University from 2013-15 in Charleston, S.C. Beaver was instrumental in the success of the women’s tennis program that won the Big South tournament championship during the 2015 season, earning a bid to the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships.
The Buccaneers also won two Big South regular-season titles in 2014 and 2015. Beaver coached the Big South Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons. Charleston Southern achieved a national ranking of No. 74 in 2014 with a 35-7 overall match record with Beaver as an assistant.
“I would also like to thank my former mentors in college coaching” Beaver added. “Thank you to Mike Baker and Charleston Southern University for giving me my start and base in college coaching. Also, thank you to Elizabeth Anderson and Elon University for expanding my ability to coach.”
“Finally, I would like to thank my former players from Charleston Southern University and Elon University” Beaver continued. “All of my former player’s hard work and dedication to their team and goals was truly inspiring to me as a coach. I look forward to continuing these experiences at Western Carolina University with the Catamount women’s tennis team."
Beaver has also worked as a tennis professional at the Wild Dunes Tennis Center in Isle of Palms, S.C., as well as a camp counselor for the Tennis Camp at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. and a tennis instructor for the Towpath Tennis Center in Akron, Ohio.
Beaver received his bachelors in Peace and Justice from Nazareth College.