ASU nets new Belle sport for upcoming Fall

Tennis set to hit courts in 2017

By Rosanna Aguilera
On January 19, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Chris Bizot, the new Women’s Tennis coach, is excited to restart the program at ASU. Bizot is coming from UT-Tyler, where he coached for 12 years.

The athletics department announced Jan. 17 that women’s tennis will return after a 30 year hiatus.

Angelo State Athletic Director James Reid said in a press conference that the department decided they needed to grow just as everything else on campus is.

"It was determined that the NCAA women’s tennis team was something we wanted here at Angelo State University," Reid said.

Reid said that the program was dropped in the 1980’s because of budget issues, but concluded that they thought women’s tennis was best for ASU and the Lone Star Conference.

"We are bringing tennis back to campus beginning in the fall of 2017," Reid said.

ASU President Brian J. May said that the new coach, Chris Bizot, would lead the team.

"You don’t have to talk to this man more than 10 minutes to know you’ve got a winner on your hands," May said.

May said that he thought Bizot is a "winner in life" and continued to talk about the successes he has had.

"Chris Bizot’s teams not only excelled on the court; they excelled in the classrooms," May said.

They thought tennis was the best fit for the community, May said.

"We have a lot of people in this town who love tennis, so it’s really a natural fit," May said.

May said that they are starting with women’s tennis first.

Bizot spent the last 12 years at UT-Tyler coaching men’s and women’s tennis programs. He has 16 conference championships and 17 NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

Bizot is also a 19-time American Southwest Conference Coach of the year and will lead the revitalized women’s tennis program.

"My number one job as a tennis coach and a tennis enthusiast is to grow the game," Bizot said.

Bizot said that his job as a college coach is to build relationships.

Bizot said that the player’s goals are going to be his goals as well.

"You’re only as good as the players you have," Bizot said.

He said that he is going to find the right athletes and "try to get better everyday."

"It’s going to be a process," Bizot said.

In the conference meeting, Bizot mentioned people who have helped him, including his parents, wife, kids, siblings, former coaches, athletic directors, Coach Reid, Dr. May and student athletes.

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