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Women’s Tennis Coaching Staff

Head Coach Toby Coffin

Toby Coffin G’01,enters his third year as the varsity men’s and women’s tennis coach at Springfield College.

In his first season with the women’s program, Coffin made an immediate impact. He led the Pride to seven wins, the most for the program in a season since the 1996 squad captured 10 victories. For the men’s team, Coffin brought the Pride back to the NEWMAC tournament where it bowed out in the semifinals.

The 2013 season was highlighted by a spring break trip to Puerto Rico.

In August of 2012, Coach Coffin attended the world renown Dennis Van Der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, S.C.  During his time there, Coffin spent over forty on-court hours learning aspects of tennis teaching, evaluation, stroke production, corrections, and testing.  He went on to receive a certificate of advanced level coaching and is a part of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).

Coffin returned to Springfield College where he earned his master’s degree in physical education in 2001. In his two years at Springfield College, he concentrated in athletic administration and assisted the women’s tennis program.

Coffin has accumulated a wealth of experience in coaching tennis as well as in athletic administration since then.

Coffin also currently teaches physical education and health to students Central High School in Springfield, Mass.

Along the way in his career, Toby was also the varsity girls tennis coach at Cathedral High in Springfield from 2007 through 2010, was the varsity boys tennis coach at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham from 2000 to 2003, was a tennis instructor at the Ludlow Tennis Club from 2007 to the present, and was a tennis camp instructor at Springfield College in 2007 and 2008.

From 2003 to 2007, Coffin had been the Director of Athletics at The MacDuffie School in Springfield. He directed all aspects of the athletic department, including planning, organizing, scheduling, budgeting, hiring, and evaluation of 15 coaches. In addition, he coached varsity boys basketball, middle school boys soccer, JV boys basketball, and varsity boys tennis at MacDuffie.

From 2001 to 2003, Coffin taught physical education and health to students in grades K-10 in the Hatfield Public Schools in Hatfield, Mass. He also coached varsity girls soccer to a league title in the first year of the team’s existence.

From 1993 to 1999, he was the Director of Athletics at the Calverton School in Huntingtown, Maryland. While there, he was also the Physical Education Chair, and coached varsity soccer, varsity boys basketball, and implemented varsity co-ed tennis.

Coffin began his career as a physical education teacher at The Key School in Annapolis, Md. from 1991 to 1993, where he coached middle school co-ed soccer.

Coffin began his college education at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, N.Y. where he earned an associate’s degree in science in 1988. He moved on to SUNY Cortland in Cortland, N.Y. where he received a bachelor of science degree in physical education in 1990.

Toby and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Wilbraham with his stepchildren Nicole and Shawn St. Marie.

Assistant Coach Caitlin Hughes

Caitlin Hughes graduated from Western New England College in 2011 with a degree in Social Work. Throughout her career at Western New England, she played both singles and doubles on the women’s tennis team.

In high school and in college, Hughes worked at the Ludlow Tennis Club where she served as a desk clerk and taught lessons. She also worked as a tennis instructor during summer camps under the guidance of her father and Head Tennis Professional John Hughes, SR.

She is currently attending graduate school at Springfield College, where she is studying mental health counseling. While Hughes receives her masters she will also be assisting Toby Coffin with the women’s tennis team.

Assistant Coach Sam Carney

Samantha Carney graduated from Springfield College in 2013 summa cum laude, with her degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, and is currently working on a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Samantha played both singles and doubles for the women’s tennis team, and in 2009, was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. and the Springfield College Freshman Female Athlete of the Year.

Throughout the next three years, Carney worked her way to the top of the line-up, playing first doubles and first singles for the last two years of her career. In 2012, Carney finished her fall season with a record of 7-3 at first singles.

Samantha has previously worked for The Adirondack Club in Franklin, Mass. as a tennis camp counselor.