Years: 3 (2014-18)
ODAC Record: 8-22
Previous Season: 12-7/6-4
Robert Bareford is entering his fourth season as the Tennis Head Coach in 2017-18 after being hired on August 20, 2014.
Behind a strong recruiting class, the tennis program saw rapid improvement in the 2016-17 season. The Tigers were one of the most improved teams in the nation, improving their win total by 10 games from the previous season to finish with a 12-7 overall record and 6-4 in the ODAC for a tie in fourth place. Four Tigers earned All-ODAC including a First-Teamer duo at #1 doubles that went undefeated in ODAC play as well as a First-Teamer at #2 singles. For his efforts, Coach Bareford was nominated for Coach of the Year by the ITA.
Bareford played two years of collegiate tennis at University of Virginia's College at Wise before transferring to Virginia Tech where he graduated in May 2011 with a History degree. As a Hokie, he led the Virginia Tech Club team to a 2009 Mid-Atlantic Championship title. He has a United States Tennis Association (USTA) Rating of 5.0 and is a certified tennis instructor by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). Additionally, Coach Bareford is also a certified personal trainer.
He comes to Hampden-Sydney from Estes Express Lines where he most recently worked in Inside Sales as an Account Manager. Bareford's last head coaching position came from February 2012 to June 2012 when he was the Head Boys Tennis Coach at his alma mater, Monacan High School, in Chesterfield County. As a student-athlete at Monacan, he was a District Champion, Player of the Year, and All-Metro.
Bareford has an extensive 13-plus-year background in individual and group instruction and training with youths and adults. Bareford was the Director of Junior Tennis at Midlothian Athletic Club (May 2011-October 2012), a Tennis Instructor at Midlothian Tennis Club (November 2008-October 2011), a Tennis Instructor in the Virginia Tech Sports Recreation Department (September 2008-2009), and a Tennis Assistant for Salisbury Country Club in Midlothian, VA (May 2006-August 2008).
Coach Bareford is pursuing a Master's degree in Sports Industry Management at Georgetown University and currently resides in Hampden-Sydney with his other half, Ammara, son, Camden, and daughter, Mila.
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