RICHMOND, Ind. – Long-time collegiate head coach Sam Varner has been tabbed to be the new head men's and women's tennis coach at Earlham College.
"We are beyond thrilled to have Coach Varner join Earlham Athletics and take over the reins of our men's and women's tennis programs," said Julie Kline, Earlham's senior director of athletics. "Sam's professional experience and positive outlook will prove instrumental in positioning both our men's and women's program to compete and succeed at the conference, regional and national levels."
Varner most recently served as the head men's and women's tennis coach at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. During his time at Juniata, Varner guided the men's program to an overall record of 29-14 while reaching the Landmark Conference Tournament in each of his three seasons at the helm. Under his tutelage, Juniata tennis players captured 16 All-Landmark Conference honors and one rookie of the year award.
Varner's teams at Juniata earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team awards in each of his three seasons, and his women's team captured Juniata's accolade for highest team GPA in 2019.
"I am excited to be the next head tennis coach at Earlham College and help continue the excellent tradition the tennis program has established," said Varner. "I want to thank Julie Kline, the athletics department, and the Earlham community for allowing me to take over the program. I look forward to helping create a great student-athlete experience on and off the court."
Prior to accepting the role at Juniata, Varner was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, from 2014 to 2016. During his time at Randolph-Macon, the Yellow Jacket women's tennis program was among the best in the Atlantic South Region.
Varner was the head men's and women's tennis coach at Bridgewater College (Va.) during the 2013-14 season, after serving as the program's assistant coach the previous season. During his time as head coach at Bridgewater, Varner guided the men's tennis program to a no. 17 ranking in the region with a 12-10 overall record. His women's team had a 12-5 mark, including an 8-3 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
Varner's resume also includes work as a clinician and private instructor at clubs and camps around Virginia.
A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Varner graduated from Randolph-Macon in 2009 with a degree in history. He was a four-year member of the Yellow Jackets' tennis team and graduated with the R-MC record for most individual victories (46) in addition to serving as team captain in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Varner holds certification from the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR).