Beginning a new era for Davidson women’s tennis, Athletic Director Jim Murphy announced July 11, 2014, Sara Anundsen as the new head coach of the program.
“Sara brings to Davidson an exceptional record of success as a player and a coach in a highly-competitive academic and athletic environment,” said Murphy. “She is the right person to enhance our program’s success and fill the formidable shoes of retired Coach Caroline Price.”
Anundsen takes over for Price, who retired this past June after leading the Wildcats for the past 32 years and winning the 1983 NCAA Division III National Championship.
“First off I would like to congratulate Coach Price on an outstanding 32-year career at Davidson. Her accomplishments and contribution to the Davidson women’s tennis program cannot be understated,” said Anundsen. “It’s an honor to be chosen to lead a program that I believe has tremendous potential and I’m excited to be joining the Davidson family. The beautiful campus, academic reputation and family atmosphere give me the ability to recruit some of the top student-athletes in the country.”
The first-year head coach comes from a very successful program at UNC. During her six years as assistant coach, Anundsen helped the Tar Heels reach the NCAA Tournament all four years, including this past season when UNC reached its first national championship match. Anundsen also coached four players this past year that received All-American honors.
As a player at North Carolina, Anundsen earned All-America honors in 2006 and 2007, and helped lead the Tar Heels to a pair of Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight. A native of Littleton, Colo., Anundsen captured the 2007 NCAA doubles title after falling in the national semifinals in 2006. She and her playing partner finished the 2007 season 29-6 and were named ITA National Doubles Team of the Year.
Greg Honeychuck enters the 2014-15 in his first year as Davidson’s head strength and conditioning coach for all 21 Wildcat sports.
Prior to taking over Davidson’s head strength and conditioning position, Honeychuck joined the South Florida strength and conditioning staff in January of 2011. As associate director, he coordinated and directed strength and conditioning programs for USF’s football summer training, while also assisting the program during the regular season. Honeychuck also directed the strength and conditioning programs for baseball and volleyball.
Before working at South Florida, Honeychuck was a graduate assistant and then moved into an assistant strength and conditioning coaching position with the East Carolina Pirates.
Honeychuck earned his bachelor’s degree in 2008 in health science with a minor in coaching from Lock Haven University, Pa. He went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise physiology from East Carolina University in 2010.
Renny Waldron is in his first season as the associate head coach of men’s cross country and track and field.
Waldron, who recruited and coached Eric Jenkins at Northeastern, presently the fastest American runner ever at his age in the 5,000-meter run, will oversee the men’s side of Davidson’s newly restructured track program, while focusing on the cross country, distance and middle distance runners.
Waldron, a graduate of fellow Atlantic 10-member UMass, served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant men’s cross country and track and field coach at UConn last season, where he guided the cross country team to its highest conference championship finish in over 20 years. He coached several All-AAC team members during the indoor season, including the mile champion. Outdoors, a total of five Huskies earned podium finishes in the four middle-distance and distance events, including a 1-2 finish in the 1,500-meter run.
Waldron worked as a volunteer assistant at Harvard University during the 2013 season, guiding a Crimson distance runner to the NCAA Final Round for the first time since 1997.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Davidson community and to be working with Coach Jen Straub,” said Waldron. “I am excited for the possibilities that lay ahead for Davidson cross country and track and field as the program joins the A-10.”
Prior to working in Cambridge, Waldron served as the assistant track and field coach and cross country coordinator at Northeastern from 2006-12. Waldron saw 18 school records fall in the distance events, and helped six individuals to CAA titles from 2010-12. He helped Northeastern to its highest-ever finish in the conference, and mentored Jenkins, who posted a pair of sub-four minute mile times.
Waldron not only guided the men’s and women’s cross country teams to their highest-ever conference finishes, but the cross country and track teams were also named USTFCCCA All-Academic every year.
Prior to his time at Northeastern, Waldron served as the head cross country and track and field coach at nearby Cambridge Rindge and Latin from 2004-06. Waldron also has spent time as a coach and featured speaker at several running camps in the Northeast and has worked with the New England Chapter of USA Track and Field.