Stapp Named Assistant Coach
July 3, 2014
Stapp comes to Fort Worth after spending the last four years as a coach in the Memphis men's and women's tennis programs. After spending three seasons volunteering with the men's and women's tennis programs, the Memphis Alumni was named assistant coach of the women's program in the fall of 2013.
"There is nobody I would rather partner with than Ben," Walker said. "He's as loyal a person as you can find and he is a great coach and player. Our personalities compliment each other nicely and I know we can create a fun environment for the team to compete and train in.
"Our wives are friends as well and this not only helps in transitioning to a new city and university, but also will aid in creating the family dynamic that we want our TCU tennis program to have."
In 2014, Stapp saw Memphis achieve a 14-9 record and a final ranking of No. 41 in the country. The Lady Tigers advanced to their third-straight conference tournament semifinal match, while shutting down six nationally-ranked programs during the season to tie a program record and continuing a home win streak that stretched to 36 matches.
Memphis reached as high as No. 27 in the ITA poll and never dropped below No. 45 during the 2014 season. A total of three Lady Tigers appeared in the ITA rankings during the season, while freshmen Marta Morga and Anki Wind earned postseason honors in 2014 after capturing American Athletic Conference All-Conference accolades after leading the team in singles wins during dual play and on the season.
"I am really excited to be part of the TCU athletics culture," Stapp said. "It seems like the town really gets behind their sports. Working with Lee is also going to be exciting. He has accomplished a lot at such a young age and I look forward to being part of his program and future accomplishments at TCU."
Stapp previously served as a volunteer assistant coach for the women's tennis team during the 2010-11 season, helping the Lady Tigers to a 16-10 record. In 2011, Memphis captured its first C-USA First Team Singles selection in program history with sophomore Courtney Collins earning the honor and its first C-USA Newcomer of the Year honoree with junior transfer Mariya Slupska.
Stapp also served as a volunteer assistant for the men's program for 2011-12 season, helping guide the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance and a runner-up finish in the C-USA Championships.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Stapp was a three-time all-Conference USA singles selection while playing for the nationally-ranked Memphis Tigers from 2000-03. Stapp teamed with Walker in doubles in 2002 and 2003, where the duo reached as high as No. 12 in the country in Jan. 2003. Stapp finished his career No. 1 with 78 career doubles wins at Memphis and No. 2 with 60 career singles victories.
After his time at Memphis, Stapp began playing on the USTA Futures and Challengers circuit where he reached as high as the 700s in the ATP doubles rankings. In singles, Stapp defeated several top-300 players and some ranked in the top 100. Stapp served as the director of the 10 and under tennis program at The Racquet Club of Memphis from fall 2010 to summer of 2014.
Stapp graduated from the University of Memphis in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science.