Courtesy of Allegheny Athletics
MEADVILLE, Pa.-- The Allegheny College athletic department recently announced a reorganization of the tennis coaching staff.
Jared Luteran, a 16-year veteran of the Gator athletic department, will move into the newly-created role of Director of Recreation & Facilities, while current assistant coach Taylor Coffman has been promoted to head coach. A nationwide search for a new assistant coach is underway.
"We were privileged that qualified candidates to fill these roles were already on our staff," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Bill Ross. "[Luteran]'s background in campus recreation and his intimate knowledge of Allegheny College were pivotal in his transition. This role will have a significant impact on not only our student-athletes, but our entire campus community. Meanwhile, [Coffman] has proven to be ready for the next step in her career as our tennis head coach."
Luteran has served as the head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams since the 2003 season. In his 16 years with the programs, Luteran amassed 317 total wins (174 men's victories, 143 women's victories). Luteran was named the 2007 and 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Men's Coach of the Year, as well as the 2011 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Allegheny Mountain District College Men's and Women's Coach of the Year. Under his tutelage, the Gators earned a combined 18 All-NCAC First Team honors.
Off the court, Luteran's squads earned 12 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team Awards and dozens of ITA Scholar-Athlete Awards. In 2010, the tennis teams earned the USTA/ITA Campus & Community Outreach Award for USTA Middle States. The 2018-19 women's team earned the ITA Community Service Award for the Central Region.
Prior to his arrival in Meadville, Luteran served as the head tennis coach and director of outdoor recreation at his alma mater, West Virginia Wesleyan, where he also taught physical education courses. Upon taking over at Allegheny, he also served as the Outing Club adviser during his first year and oversaw intramurals in 2018-19.
Coffman becomes the 11th head coach in program history, and just the second female at the helm of the program. Last year, Coffman helped lead the Gator women to the NCAC playoffs. A native of Houston, Texas, Coffman previously worked at her alma mater, Midwestern State, prior to arriving in Meadville. She was an assistant coach on the Midwestern State women's tennis staff for the 2016 season, helping the Mustangs to a 19-10 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Division II postseason, while also working in the athletic communications department.
Coffman enjoyed a prolific four-year playing career as an undergrad at Midwestern State, as she graduated as one of just six players in team history to total 100 career combined wins. She was a three-time All-Lone Star Conference honoree (twice for doubles, once for singles), and along with teammate Kayla Casey, earned a ranking of 20th in the ITA Division II national doubles rankings as a junior in 2014, and 17th in 2015. The tandem was also ranked in the top three in the ITA South Central region in each of the two seasons, while Coffman was tabbed the 2015 ITA South Central Region's Most Improved Senior of the Year. A two-year team captain, Coffman helped the Mustangs to two Lone Star Conference titles, three straight South Central regional championships, and three trips to the NCAA Division II national tournament, as they racked up a combined record of 59-18 between her sophomore and senior seasons. This run was highlighted by a 2015 season in which the Mustangs advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in team history.