GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Following her first season as head coach of the women's tennis program at Gettysburg College, Ali Flores '08 will assume head duties of the men's team beginning with the 2018-19 campaign according to an announcement by Director of Athletics David Wright.
Flores assumes leadership of the men's program following the resignation of Andy Knox, who spent the last three seasons at the helm.
"I am pleased to announce that Coach Ali Flores has agreed to add this role to her position at Gettysburg College," said Wright. "Coach Flores is a passionate Gettysburgian and she will bring the same organization, communication, and technical/tactical expertise to the men's team as she has done on the women's side."
Inheriting a young and inexperienced women's team, Flores led the squad to a 5-11 overall mark in 2017-18. That included a 4-5 record in the highly competitive Centennial Conference, which sported five regionally-ranked teams by season's end.
As a student-athlete, Flores was a four-year letterwinner and starter for the Bullets. In singles play, she competed at each of the top three flights and finished with a career record of 35-23. Flores excelled in doubles as well with her 37 career victories ranking third in program history. With 72 total wins, Flores ranks fifth all-time at Gettysburg. As a team captain in 2008, she won 23 total matches and led the team to an 11-6 overall record, which stands as the best win total for the program over the last two decades.
After graduating from Gettysburg with a degree in physical education, Flores earned a master's of education degree in sport pedagogy from Baylor University in 2009. She coached cross country and basketball at Connally (Texas) Junior High School in 2009-10 and served as head girl's tennis coach at West York (Pa.) High School from 2013-15. Flores taught health and physical education at both institutions.
Flores has helped out as a coach at her alma mater in the past, serving as a part-time assistant for the men's and women's programs in 2011 and 2015.