Katie Granson Named Interim Head Coach

July 18, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Katie Granson, a former Duke star who served as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs last year, has been named the interim head coach of women's tennis at Yale, Athletic Director Tom Beckett announced today. Granson replaces Chad Skorupka, who was named the head coach at Wake Forest on July 12.

"I am very happy to stay in the Yale community and am looking forward to the challenge of leading the women's tennis team," Granson said. " I have fantastic returning players as well as a strong incoming freshman class. I am proud to be a part of the women's tennis program and the Yale Athletic Department."

Granson graduated from Duke in 2003 and was co-captain in her final season, leading the team to its first No. 1 ranking at mid-season. The Blue Devils went on to set the school record for dual match victories, winning their third ACC team championship and making an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Granson broke the school record for doubles wins in a season and was named All-ACC. She was also named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the third time.

"I am delighted that Katie is remaining at Yale," Beckett said. "She has worked closely with our current players, and I am confident she can build on the positive momentum that this program is enjoying."

Granson was a member of the United States Junior National Tennis Team in 1998-99 and was No. 75 in the junior world rankings. She competed in the junior Wimbledon tournament, the junior U.S. Open and the junior Italian Open.

A Bethlehem, Pa., native, she played for Freedom High School and was the doubles state champion with her sister, Sarah, in 1995 and 1996.

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