February 25, 2002


Dick Ernst Steps Down As
Head Menís and Womenís Tennis Coach
at Rhode Island College


Providence, RIóDick Ernst has resigned, effective immediately, as Rhode Island Collegeís Head Menís and Womenís Tennis Coach due to personal reasons. A search for a new head coach will begin immediately.


"Due to complications with the Rhode Island State Retirement Board," Ernst says, "I can only coach at one level, either high school or college, at a state institution. Iím currently in my 41st year of coaching high school hockey at Cranston High School East and do not want to give up that part of my coaching life. I am really going to miss coaching tennis at Rhode Island College. My 12 years there have been very exciting and fulfilling. Unfortunately, I had to make a choice that I really didnít want to make, but I am sure the tennis program at RIC will continue to flourish under new leadership."


As the womenís tennis programís head coach, Ernst compiled a career record of 90-54-2 in 12 years at the helm. Ernst won the Little East Conference Championship four times (1994, 1995, 1999 and 2001). This past fall, the Anchorwomen were 12-3 and won the LEC title for the second time in the past three seasons.


He compiled a 77-53 record as the menís skipper in 12 seasons. During his tenure, Coach Ernstís team captured the Little East Conference Championship in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. He is one of only two coaches in LEC history to win four consecutive Little East titles on the menís side. In 2001, the RIC menís tennis team was 7-7 overall and placed third at the LEC Championships.


His eight Little East Conference titles are more than every Rhode Island College Head Coach, past or present, combined.


He has coached and competed in tennis at almost every level, always achieving great success. He began his coaching career at Providence College, where he was the Head Coach from 1970-75. He then took over the Head Coaching duties at Cranston High School East, where he won two New England Championships and had one state runner-up squad.


As a competitor, he was a four-time Rhode Island Closed Tennis finalist and a champion in 1969. He is a three-time Rhode Island Open finalist and won the event in 1968. He is a six-time Rhode Island Tennis League singles finalist and a three-time champion. During an eight-year stretch, he was undefeated. He was ranked in the New England Tennis Associationís "A" Division for 11 years and was ranked in various NETA divisions for over 30 years. In 1975, Ernst captured the New England Class B singles title, the Rhode Island Open Junior Veterans singles title, and the New England Junior Veterans Hardcourt Championship.


Ernst is a Frank Lanning Award recipient for his contributions to Rhode Island athletics. Ernst was recently inducted into the Rhode Island Tennis Coaches Associationís Hall of Fame. He resides in Cranston, Rhode Island with his wife, Rollie.


The Rhode Island College menís tennis team opens the 2002 campaign at the University of Rhode Island on Mar. 22.



RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE: Announced the resignation of Head Menís and Womenís Tennis Coach Dick Ernst





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