Alison Feeney is the newest member of the Shippensburg University athletics staff. Officials hired her as the women’s tennis coach Aug. 31.
Feeney has been a member of the Shippensburg community and the university family for the past two decades. She is currently in her third year as a full professor and her 23rd year overall in the geography and earth science department.
In addition to her time as a professor, Feeney has been heavily involved in Raiders’ athletics dating back to 2018 when she served as one of football team’s faculty-athletic mentors (FAM). She joined the tennis team last season, serving as its FAM.
With years of experience in tennis, officials thought she was an obvious choice for the job. Feeney said being hired as the women’s tennis coach is an honor and humbling.
“I have a strong love for the university and the area,” Feeney said. “I realize that the women’s tennis team has struggled, and I really hope I can build a team that learns to compete consistently with determination. I am very excited for this opportunity.”
Feeney’s passion for tennis is like no other. She is always looking to improve her game as she regularly participates in adult-league competitions. She is hoping to instill that drive and dedication into her players.
“I have played tennis all my life and compete in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) events around the mid-state region,” Feeney noted. “I’m small (5’1’), getting older, slowing down, and not exceptionally strong, but I am determined and competitive.”
Feeney’s commitment to the game does not stop with her players and will carry over to the university. While she is soaking in the present, she is looking forward to the future and hopes to bring greatness to the tennis team for years to come.
“I am committed to the university and hope to provide some longevity to the program,” she added. “By having a permanent coach who competes in the area and travels to tennis facilities, I hope that I can recruit new players in upcoming years and build a strong team for the future.”
With fall sports being postponed, Feeney and the tennis team are eyeing a return to the court in the spring.