Arcadia University director of athletics and recreation Brian Granata announced that Shawn Hyden has been named head men’s and women’s tennis coach for the upcoming 2014-15 season. He will be the first-ever full-time head men’s and women’s tennis coach in program history.
“We are very excited to welcome Shawn to the Arcadia University Athletics family,” said senior associate athletic director and head men’s soccer coach Rob Nydick, who chaired the search committee. “It became apparent in the interview process that Shawn had all of the qualities we were looking for in a head coach. His experience at Mount Union along with the many other steps he has taken professionally to grow as a coach put him in a position to continue to grow Arcadia tennis.”
Hyden comes to Arcadia after serving as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of Mount Union for the past three seasons. He was involved in all facets of the Purple Raiders’ program, including recruiting, practice planning, and developing on and off court training programs at his alma mater. The women’s program went 40-16, advanced to the Ohio Athletic Conference semifinals in each of his three seasons and totaled 10 all-conference selections, while the men’s program was 38-20 and advanced to the OAC semifinals in 2013 and had four all-conference selections.
“I am very excited to become a part of the tradition and success of the Arcadia University tennis programs,” said Hyden. “I plan to use this opportunity to build on the success of the past, and bring forward an even brighter future for both the men's and women's tennis teams.”
Hyden previously served as the head girl’s tennis coach at Boardman High School in 2009, which set the school record for wins and had one future NCAA Division I player, and boys junior varsity tennis coach at Austintown Fitch High School in 2007. He gained additional experience as an instructor at Boardman Tennis Center from 2013-14 and at the Towpath Tennis Center from 2007-09. Hyden was the Division II sectional tournament director of the Ohio High School State Tournament from 2003-14.
A 2006 Mount Union graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Hyden was a four-year member of the men’s tennis team and served as team captain his senior year. He went on to earn his master’s degree in applied politics from The University of Akron in 2009 and earned a post baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies from Kent State University in 2012.