STARKVILLE – Sachin Kirtane, recently the head coach at Lindsey Wilson College, has been named assistant coach of the Mississippi State women’s tennis program, according to an announcement Thursday. Kirtane replaces James Bryce, who was named head coach at James Madison University earlier this summer.
“I am so excited to be joining the Bulldog family,” Kirtane said. “Mississippi State University is a great school with tremendous facilities and I am looking forward to working with coach Daryl Greenan to build a championship program in all areas.”
Kirtane joins the Maroon and White after spending the past two seasons at the helm of the Lindsey Wilson College men’s and women’s tennis programs, helping elevate the Blue Raiders to among the top programs in the NAIA. In his two seasons, he led the Lindsey Wilson women’s tennis team to back-to-back national semifinal appearances, while guiding the men to consecutive quarterfinal showings. Kirtane’s 2014 squads both captured the Mid-South Conference Tournament titles, while his women’s Blue Raiders team won its second-straight regular season crown.
“Sachin brings a ton of enthusiasm, along with many years of experience in college tennis,” Greenan said. “I know he is extremely excited to be a Bulldog and I look forward to having him on our team.”
In his two seasons leading the Blue Raiders, Kirtane coached 10 NAIA All-Americans (six women and four men) and 20 All-MSC selections (11 women, nine men). Kirtane also has recruited and coached a pair of MSC Freshman of the Year honorees, one from each of his programs.
Kirtane capped his time at Lindsey Wilson by being tabbed as the MSC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year by his peers following a sweep of the regular season and tournament titles.
Prior to Lindsey Wilson, Kirtane had a successful stint as the head coach of the Northern Iowa women’s tennis program, leading the Panthers to a 129-88 record in 10 seasons. His 129 victories stand as the most in UNI women’s tennis history.
Under Kirtane’s direction, the Panthers posted eight consecutive winning seasons, including a second-place regular-season finish in 2011, which earned him the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year honor. The Panthers also captured ITA All-Academic Team honors eight-straight seasons under Kirtane.
Before taking over the UNI program, Kirtane was the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Valdosta State from 1998-2002. In 2000, the men’s team reached as high as fourth in the nation, while the women’s team won the conference title and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championship. A year later, the men’s program reached the No. 2 ranking in the nation and won it’s second-straight conference title.
Before beginning his coaching career, Kirtane was an All-American on the court at Valdosta State. A part of the team that finished fourth nationally in 1994-95, he competed in the NCAA Division II National Tournament and won the Gulf South Conference title in 1995. Kirtane was named VSU’s Most Valuable Player in 1996.
In 2005, he was inducted into the Valdosta State Athletics Hall of Fame, honoring his dedication to his alma mater as both a player and a coach.
Kirtane graduated from Valdosta State in 1998 with a marketing degree and later earned his master’s degree from VSU in business administration.
(From MSU Media Relations)