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APSU promotes Maria Sorbello Morrison to Associate Head Coach of Tennis programs


Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) head tennis coach Ross Brown has announced the promotion of Maria Sorbello Morrison to Associate Head Coach of the Governor men’s and women’s tennis programs.

“Maria [Sorbello Morrison] has basically been with me since we started here, she is extremely loyal and we have both been on a mission to build both of these programs,” said head Coach Ross Brown. “I can tell you to have a person with Maria’s playing ability, coaching ability, and her off court ability is a tremendous asset to the program, the university, and myself, obviously.”

Austin Peay State University's Maria Sorbello Morrison promoted to Associate Head Coach of APSU's Men's and Women's tennis programs. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University’s Maria Sorbello Morrison promoted to Associate Head Coach of APSU’s Men’s and Women’s tennis programs. (APSU Sports Information)

“I appreciate her effort over the years, I appreciate the abilities she has on the tennis court in terms of playing and coaching, and the part that she has played in recruiting, it has made a tremendous difference. I have been very fortunate to have someone that is looking to build a program here,” Brown stated.

Sorbello Morrison is currently in her seventh season as a coach at Austin Peay State University, and has helped guide the Governors to two Ohio Valley Conference Championships in her tenure. The men’s team won the OVC Tournament title in 2013, her first season with the Govs, and made their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

In 2018-19, Sorbello Morrison helped lead the women’s team to an undefeated regular season, an OVC Season Championship, and the OVC Tournament Championship. Under Sorbello Morrison’s tutelage, Lidia Yanes Garcia became the first ever OVC female tennis player to be named OVC Player of the Year three times in a career (2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18).

A native of Mackay, Australia, Sorbello Morrison is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she was a two-time All-SEC second-team performer during her four-year career with the Lady Vols.

As the new associate head coach, Sorbello Morrison and the Governors tennis program will kick off the spring season when the women host a 1:00pm, January 20th, match against Chattanooga. The men will also host Chattanooga to open their season; the Mocs will make the trip to Clarksville for a 1:00pm, January 25th, match to open the spring slate.




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