Tennis - Fri, Aug. 6, 2010
Georgetown College hires Layton Register
to take over the men's and women's tennis program. Register, a native of Paris, is not new to the Tigers as he and several of the men's players have worked together to teach and train many local junior players.
"Teaching and instructing tennis is a lot of work," Register said. "The guys on the Georgetown College tennis team over the last number of years have been a great inspiration to the kids who I have been trying to help and have served as impressive role models."
Register has worked with past Tigers such as Roberto Aspillaga, Andreas Escalante and Miguel Reyes as well as current Tiger Benjamin Aspillaga
. He is also familiar with the women's team member Haley Hart
, who played on one of his USTA junior tennis teams.
"Having conducted a national search for a new tennis coach, it was a pleasant surprise to find the most qualified candidate right here in our backyard. Layton's familiarity with our tennis program and prior relationships with several of our current and former players will serve him well as he takes over a successful and well-established program," GC Director of Athletics Eric Ward said. "Kevin Calhoun had done a tremendous job over the past 10 years building Georgetown College tennis into a well-respected, nationally competitive program. Layton's tennis experience and unique talents make him a worthy successor with the ability to lift the program to even greater heights."
Register developed a love for the game while living in Florida with his mother and step-father. Upon returning to Paris, he found his opportunities were more limited with work on the family farm and decreased access to quality courts. This did not deter him, however, as he continued to play and even went on to be on the team at Washington & Lee University.
"Tennis was always a passion, and being able to play while receiving a higher education was a dream realized," Register said. "Playing collegiately wasn't always easy, but it is something I look back on fondly. My tennis career, coupled with my degrees from Washington & Lee, better prepared me for the working world."
Following his graduation fromW&L with a bachelors in business administration and French, Register returned to Kentucky. Putting his business major to good use, he initially worked for First Security Bank and Trust Co. and later helped to found the Lexington Brewing Co., an endeavor that lasted from 1994-98. Register has also been practically a lifelong Thoroughbred horse owner and breeder.
"It's hard to grow up in Kentucky and not want to follow and somehow be involved in horse racing," Register said.
But, he could not deny his love of tennis and his desire to see the game flourish in the Bluegrass. Register knew there was the interest on the part of young players in Paris, thus his passion became to provide instruction while also finding quality courts on which to work. It was not long before he found himself instructing and hitting at Georgetown's Lackey tennis facility,where he and his GC player friends have been giving lessons to various athletes for the past seven years. Given his familiarity with the players, the college, and the area, when the Georgetown College coaching position opened, Register could not resist applying for the job.