Kansas State's new women's tennis coach has a familiar face.
Jordan Smith, who has worked as an assistant for the Wildcats since 2015, was promoted to head coach on Monday.
The school announced Smith's promotion with a news release. K-State embarked on a national search to replace former coach Danielle Steinberg, who left to take over the Colorado job last month, but athletic director Gene Taylor decided the best candidate was already on staff.
“After a thorough national search that produced a tremendous pool of candidates, we are excited to announce the promotion of Jordan to head coach of our women’s tennis program,” Taylor said in a statement. “His experience in helping build our program into a NCAA Tournament team and his reputation around the Big 12 and amongst his peers set him apart from other candidates.
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"One of the up-and-coming coaches in the game, Jordan will also provide a continuity factor that will allow for a seamless transition and we are looking forward to continuing to advance our program under his leadership.”
Smith played an integral role in K-State's journey to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Wildcats reached the postseason for the first time since 1003 and then defeated Kentucky advance to the Round of 32.
K-State broke into the national rankings last season, climbing as high as No. 28 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.
Smith signed a four-year contract with the Wildcats that will pay him a salary of $80,000. That number will increase by $3,000 at the conclusion of each contract year.
“I want to thank Danielle Steinberg for bringing me on board three years ago," Smith said. "From the moment I arrived at K-State, I knew this was going to be a special place for me. I look forward to continuing the success that Coach Steinberg and I have built over the last few years. We have a great group of student-athletes here and we are excited to continue bringing national recognition to the K-State tennis program.”