Thursday, December 14, 2017
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USF tennis assistant promoted to coach

USF didn't have to look far in its search for a men's tennis coach.

The school announced Tuesday that assistant Ashley Fisher was promoted to replace Matt Hill, who resigned last month to take the same position at Arizona State. Fisher joined the program this year after a long career as a touring professional, broadcaster and coach, helping guide the Bulls to their third straight American Athletic Conference title and NCAA tournament berth.

"Ashley has world-class tennis experience and was a valuable part of one of our most successful men's tennis seasons in program history last year," USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. "After a national search, it was clear the best person to lead our program forward was right here."

Fisher, a native of Australia, spent 14 seasons playing on the ATP World Tour. He captured four doubles titles and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2006 and quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2004. Fisher later was an analyst for Fox Sports, Tennis Channel and ATP Media.

As a head coach on the ATP circuit, Fisher worked with several professionals. He was a touring tennis professional at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg for six years before coming to USF.

He was a college star at TCU.

FSU BASKETBALL: The Seminoles will face NIT champ George Washington in the annual BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center in Washington on Dec. 4.

EX-GATOR AN OLYMPIAN: Former Gator Kelly Murphy became the UF volleyball program's first U.S. Olympian. The four-time All-American and 2010 SEC player of the year was named to USA Volleyball's 12-player team Tuesday.

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