ABILENE – When McMurry University began its search for a new tennis coach, the journey did not need to go very far – or very long – elevating McMurray assistant tennis coach Bryan Rainwater – a Fort Stockton High School graduate – to the head coach position. Rainwater has also handled the University’s NCAA compliance duties since 2015.
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity,” Rainwater said. “This is my dream job; McMurry has been my home since 2007. I love the values and traditions of McMurry and am proud to be a part of the great things we have ahead in the future, especially when it comes to War Hawks tennis.
Rainwater replaces Mark Hathorn, who was introduced as the head coach at nearby Wylie High School last week.
“At the same time, it is somewhat bittersweet as I no longer have the privilege to come to work every day with the man who was not just my coach and mentor, but a friend and confidant. I plan to build on all the successes Coach Hathorn and I built over the past decade, as we Develop Champions for Life.”
Rainwater will officially take the reins as head coach on August 1, ushering in a new era for McMurry University’s tennis program.
“We are thrilled to introduce Bryan as our head tennis coach,” McM Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson said. “Not only is he an alumnus, but he has served the University in various capacities since he graduated. He has contributed in substantial ways as our assistant tennis coach for the last six years and as our director of compliance. He is ready for this challenge and I have no doubt that he will build on the strong foundation of success we have enjoyed. Our tennis teams are in great hands.”
During his tenure as an assistant, Rainwater has helped elevate the War Hawks’ programs to a position of contention every season. As a player, Rainwater was a part of McMurry’s back-to-back ASC divisional championships in 2009 and 2010.
Before assuming the role as an assistant coach for McM, Rainwater enjoyed a stellar career in the Maroon and White from 2007-2011. He voted first team All-American Southwest Conference West Division honoree – all four seasons – at both singles and doubles. In 2008, he was the ASC West Newcomer of the Year award winner. He compiled a career singles record of 47-28 and a doubles mark of 54-24.
“We are grateful for Mark’s service to McMurry and the scholar-athletes he coached,” Ferguson said of Hathorn’s 17-season tenure guiding McM tennis. “His players loved playing for him and he has built meaningful relationships throughout our community. Our loss is certainly Wylie’s gain.”