Hesston College Women's Tennis

Start here, go everywhere. That’s the promise Hesston College makes to each of its students. The tennis program is a shining example of what happens when one invests in a strong start. In the last five years, Hesston College has made a commitment to nurturing competitive men’s and women’s tennis programs. Coach Jeron Baker has recruited from across the U.S. and globe to build strong rosters. Larks tennis is getting ready to go everywhere, and the college is dedicated to making this dream a reality. But before that can happen, facility upgrades are needed.

Hesston College is raising funds to:

  • Build an additional two tennis courts so that the full squad can be accommodated during practice and so student athletes may reap the benefits of hosting home tournaments
  • Develop landscaping that will serve as a protective barrier from the Kansas wind
  • Improve the spectator experience so the campus community and its visitors can be more comfortable and engaged in supporting our student athletes

Hesston College Tennis at a glance

  • Men’s and women’s rosters have nearly doubled in four years with student athletes from around the United States and world
  • Program draws high-achieving academic students with strong leadership to Hesston College
  • Total number of matches played has more than doubled from six or seven in a year to about 20
  • 2012 men’s team had most wins in a season in the program’s history, finished the season fourth in the region and was one win from qualifying for a first-time appearance at nationals
  • Men’s and women’s teams compete with (and defeat) four-year colleges’ varsity teams
  • Coach focuses on holistic growth of student athletes with an emphasis on nurturing relationships and personal growth while developing tennis skills
  • Weekly team devotionals offer unique spiritual development opportunity for student athletes
  • Annual out-of-state trip for competition and team building connects student athletes to each other and the broader church

Jeron Baker“New tennis courts will create a great opportunity to strengthen Hesston College Tennis. The additional space will allow us to grow our rosters as well as open the facilities for a broader population in our local community to enjoy the sport.” – Jeron Baker ’03, Hesston College Tennis Coach