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October 10, 2013

IU Southeast hires Epkey as men’s tennis coach

NEW ALBANY — IU Southeast athletic director Joe Glover announced Thursday that Joe Epkey has been hired as the Grenadiers’ men’s tennis head coach.

“I want to thank the athletic department for giving me this opportunity,” Epkey said. “I look forward to getting started and helping our student-athletes develop and achieve their goals.”

Epkey replaces Yancey Walters, who resigned in September.

Epkey is a former assistant tennis coach at Bellarmine University and Silver Creek High School. He was the assistant boys’ and girls’ tennis coach at Jeffersonville High School from 2010-2012.

While he was a member of the Red Devils’ staff, his boys’ teams made the state final in 2010 and the regional final in 2011 and 2012.

“I am thrilled to bring Joe aboard as our new men’s tennis coach,” Glover said. “Joe comes from one of the most influential tennis families in the Indianapolis area and brings a long record of experience at many levels of tennis.”

Since 2009, Epkey has been a certified tennis professional with the Professional Tennis Registry.

Epkey is a native of Greenwood and attended Center Grove High School. He was a state doubles champion in 1999 and won the team state title with the Trojans in 2001.

Epkey attended the University of Southern Indiana from 2003-2004, where he was the NCAA Division II National singles runner-up in 2004. He transferred to Ball State in 2005 and helped the Cardinals win the Mid-American Conference title in 2006. Epkey was named MAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year in 2007.

He lives in Sellersburg with his wife, Maggie, and their two children.

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