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AU appoints Autumn McLain new women’s tennis coach

ALFRED, NY – Autumn McLain, a former standout tennis and basketball player at Alfred University, has been appointed the Saxons’ new head coach of women’s tennis, AU Athletic Director Paul Vecchio announced.


McLain replaces Chris Yartym as head coach of women’s tennis at AU. Yartym, director of the Alfred University Athletic Training Program and a clinical instructor in athletic training, had served as head coach of the AU men’s and women’s teams for five years before leaving the position following the 2012-13 academic year.


 “Autumn was an outstanding student-athlete at AU and her passion for the University and our athletic department is significant and contagious,” said Vecchio. “As a former all-Empire 8 tennis player and leader on campus, she will bring tremendous commitment to the development of our women's tennis players here at Alfred."


McLain lettered in four seasons in women’s tennis and three in women’s basketball as an AU student. As a member of the tennis team, she posted a 33-20 singles record with a 27-20 doubles record during her four-year career, earing Empire 8 all-conference honors as a junior in 2009. As a member of the basketball team, she averaged 6.1 points per game in three seasons. She served as team captain of both teams and also served as manager of the AU men’s team (2009-11) and the women’s team (2011).


She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a minor in biology from AU in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at AU and is expected to complete her studies in December 2014.


McLain has served as a resident director at Alfred University since the fall of 2011 and has served as assistant director of Summer Programs at AU the last two summers.