Greensboro, N.C. — Guilford College interim Athletic Director Tom Palombo announced the hiring of Eddie Luck as the Quakers’ head men’s tennis coach Thursday. Luck brings extensive coaching experience to the job, including an 80-34 record in six years as a men’s tennis coach and a 136-40 mark in eight seasons as a women’s head coach. He replaces Rob Stephens ’73, who resigned the position in December.
Luck takes the helm of Guilford’s men’s tennis program following a two-year stint at Methodist University. He led the Monarchs to a 26-15 overall record and a 10-1 mark against USA South Athletic Conference opponents. Luck guided Methodist to the 2005 conference title and a runner-up finish in 2006. He directed three All-USA South students in his tenure, including two-time USA South Player of the Year Keith Criscoe.
Luck started his college coaching career at NCAA Division II Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., as the head women’s tennis coach, a position he held from 1992 to 2000. In his eight seasons as the women’s coach, Luck complied a school-record 136-40 mark and won three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women’s Coach of the Year Awards. He led the squad to an 83-0 conference record, eight of their 16 consecutive league titles and made six NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances. As the Bulldogs’ men’s coach from 1993-96, Luck’s teams went 54-19, including a 24-2 in the league. He won the 1994 GLIAC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year Award and ranks third among Ferris State’s all-time coaching wins and winning percentage (.739) leaders.
A Ramseur, N.C., native, Luck played three seasons at Campbell University before finishing his college career at Ferris State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing in 1988. While working as a graduate assistant tennis coach to Arlo Elkins, he earned his master’s degree in social studies and history from the University of South Carolina. Luck is certified as a P1 Tennis Professional by the United States Professional Tennis Association.
Luck inherits a veteran Guilford squad with all eight letter winners back from last year’s 9-7 team (5-4 Old Dominion Athletic Conference).