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Georgetown College makes it official; Lane Orttenburger will be the new men's and women's tennis coach.
"We had several solid candidates apply to lead our program and it was a difficult choice, but Lane Orttenburger brings a type of energy and passion we wanted to continue to guide our program," said GC Director of Athletics Eric Ward. "Tennis at Georgetown has been very successful over the past several years, and we owed it to our athletes to look for someone who wanted to continue to push our players to improve. Lane has a wide variety of coaching experience and success. We are excited to welcome him to our staff."
The Richmond, Ky. native comes to the Tigers after serving as head boys' tennis coach at Model Laboratory High School since 2007.
"I have been coaching at Model for the past four years," Orttenburger said. "I had many great experiences there that allowed me to get my coaching skills ready for the next level."
He has also been helping Eastern Kentucky University's tennis program, serving as building manager of Greg Adams Tennis Center at EKU since 2005. Through this role, he has been working to maintain the indoor facility and to insure the proper playing conditions of the surfaces. He has been responsible for promoting the college tennis program to increase attendance at home matches and managing two part-time employees. But, wanting to coach at a college has been Orttenburger's goal.
"It's a dream come true to be a head coach at the college level," he said. "I have always had a great passion for tennis and am excited to bring that energy and excitement to Georgetown College.
"Being from Kentucky, it's a unique opportunity to get the chance to coach a program that you rooted for growing up."
Growing up a fan of Georgetown is not his only connection to the tennis team. Over the past seven years, Orttenburger has been giving private lessons and one of his athletes was Tigers' Haley Hart.
"I worked with her for three years before she came to Georgetown," he said. "I had a personal investment in the team before I became coach. I'm excited to renew the player-coach relationship."
Along with Hart, he has been privately coaching the top junior boy in the state over the past several years.
Orttenburger has a wide range of experience in coaching tennis to all ages as he has served as assistant tennis pro at Arlington Country Club for four years, and in 2008 helped guide the Southern Junior Cup team to its highest-ever finish.
Orttenburger attended Model and graduated in 1999. He continued his education at Transylvania University and EKU.
In that time, as a tennis player he reached the No. 1 ranking in the 18-and-under division in the state of Kentucky, he was ranked among the top 75 in the Southern Section, played No. 1 at Transylvania and finished his collegiate career at EKU, played for Kentucky's Jr. Davis Cup Team in 1998, and was named to the All-State Tennis Team as a senior in high school.
His playing days were not over when he finished at Eastern. He currently plays league tennis at a 4.5 level and his team won state this year.