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Head Coach: Matt Helsel

Matt Helsel was named the head coach of the women's tennis program at Elizabethtown late in the spring of 2002, and he has turned the Blue Jays into one of the top teams in the South Atlantic Region. The team has been regionally ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association every spring and fall season since the spring of 2004.

Elizabethtown won back-to-back Commonwealth Conference team championships in the fall of 2004 and the fall of 2005. The team went 14-0 in 2004, 14-4 overall in 2005-06 (Women's tennis is now officially considered a year-round sport, rather than a fall sport as it was in the past. The Commonwealth Conference plays its regular season and has its playoffs in the fall, but the NCAA tournament is held in the spring. Since 2006-07, the winner Commonwealth Conference title receives an automatic NCAA tournament berth.). The 2006-07 Blue Jays went 17-3 overall, setting a program single-year win record and finishing as the runners-up in the Commonwealth.

Helsel also took over the men's tennis program in early 2002, and he guided that team to its first-ever Commonwealth Conference title in the spring of 2005.

He has built up strong non-traditional season schedules for both the women's and men's tennis teams, and the women's tennis team journeys to Hilton Head, SC for a non-traditional season spring break tournament and has additional spring matches after spring break.

In addition to coaching the men's and women's tennis teams at Etown, Helsel also teaches tennis in the Lancaster area at the Hempfield Sports Complex and Bent Creek Country Club.

A 1991 graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School, he returned to his alma mater as head tennis coach for four years. He was an English and political science double major at Millersville University from 1992 to 1994.


Email coach Helsel at etowntennis@comcast.net