Aug. 1, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State University women’s tennis head coach Jennifer Hyde has announced the hiring of Oliver Foreman as assistant coach for the Seminoles. Foreman brings an extensive tennis background to the program as he has coached at the Ali Hamadeh’s Tennis Academy and played at the collegiate and professional levels of tennis.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for me,” said Foreman. “I played at Middle Tennessee which has a much smaller athletics’ program that is no where near this size. To come to a program like FSU is huge for me. I’m very excited about the women’s tennis team and I’m really looking forward to working with Jennifer (Hyde) and turning this program into a top 20 and even a national contender over the next few years.”
Foreman most recently worked as a volunteer assistant coach at the Ali Hamadeh’ Tennis Academy in 2004. During his brief stint there he coached four juniors to the Super Nationals Tournament and also aided in generating a prestigious junior development program with over 40 juniors. While at Ali Hamadeh’s Tennis Academy, Foreman also worked with helping athletes in strength and conditioning programs.
“I’m extremely excited about Oliver accepting the position,” said Hyde. “I feel that he is extremely professional, very knowledgeable and he is going to be an unbelievably good worker. I’m very confident that right from his first day, he is going to start making an impact on this program. He is exactly what this program needs.”
Foreman played on the Professional Tennis Tour from 2002-2004 where he was the Irish National Open singles and doubles champion in 2002. Foreman also made it to the last round pre-qualifying for Wimbledon in 1998 and 2000.
“He obviously has a tremendous playing background and I think that will help develop players on the court,” said Hyde. “His personality is going to help a lot with recruiting and his work ethic really stands out from other people.”
Prior to his career on the Professional Tennis Tour, Foreman played his collegiate tennis at Middle Tennessee State. Foreman, who was team captain in 2002, received multiple accolades over his four years at MTSU including being name to the Ohio Valley All-Conference Team (1998, 1999) and the Sunbelt All-Conference Team (2001, 2002). Foreman is no stranger to Florida State as he returns to the place where he won the 1999 Seminoles Fall Classic Doubles Tournament. In 2002 Foreman was ranked in the top 95 collegiate singles rankings and in the top five collegiate double rankings. Foreman also qualified for the NCAA Tournament from 2000 to 2002 and reached the quarter finals of the ITA All-American Championships in 2002.
Foreman graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2002 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Exercise Science with a minor in Athletic Coaching. While at MTSU Foreman served on the Student Athlete Advisory Council (2001, 2002) and was also named to the Deans List (2001, 2002).