Head coach Jim Corn is entering his second season as the head coach of the GWU women's tennis program, having been an assistant and associate head coach for both the men and women's tennis programs from 2002-2006.
Last season, in his first season as the Lady Bulldogs head coach, Corn guided the squad to eight wins. The eight wins are the most victories in one season for the Lady Bulldogs tennis program since moving to Division I in 2002. Under Corn's direction, GWU reached the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship tournament as the No. 6 seed, the program's highest seeding ever in the post-season event.
In 2006-07, Corn had two players receive honors as Laura Kriett was named first-team All-Atlantic Sun and the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team while Jenny Gomez was named as the Atlantic Sun's Player of the Week for women's tennis in March. The honor was the first time in GWU's history that a female tennis player had earned the weekly honor.
Corn has a legendary background in the sport of tennis, having earned All-ACC honors four times during his career at the University of North Carolina (1969-1972). The 1968 Shelby High graduate was the first person to earn a tennis scholarship at UNC and also set the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s record for wins during his career. He is also the only player in ACC history to win four individual singles championships in the league at their position.
Corn graduated from North Carolina in 1972 and was the recipient of the Educational Foundation's award for tennis. He captained the Tar Heels in 1971 and was co-captain in 1972. During his last three years at UNC, the Tar Heels finished 20th, 10th and fifth nationally.
There is a court named for him at the Cone Tennis Center on the UNC Campus in Chapel Hill.
Corn has coached two future All-Americans and one ACC Rookie of the Year during their high school careers, as well as having guided the Raleigh Edge to the world championship finals in 1990. The players he has worked with include Tim Wilkinson (pro) and All-American's Bryan Jones (UNC) and Peter Ayers (Duke). Both Jones and Ayers went on to earn spots on the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team after their careers ended.
The Shelby, N.C., native currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing & Promotions after having previously been the executive director of the Bulldog Club at Gardner-Webb. Corn and his wife, Penny, have two sons, Hunter, 30 and Will, 27.