Ian Crookenden Named Director of Tennis and Head Men's & Women's Coach

Coach brings extensive playing and coaching experience to the Hawks.

Ian Crookenden was a three-time All-American at UCLA.

Aug. 27, 2008

PHILADELPHIA - Ian Crookenden has been named the director of men's and women's tennis at Saint Joseph's University, it was announced by director of athletics Don DiJulia.

Crookenden will oversee the programs and serve as the head coach of both teams.

Long-time coach Al Laveson will continue to work with both teams. Laveson, who has been at Saint Joseph's since 1965, has totalled 487 wins in 44 seasons with the Hawks' men's team and 183 victories in 26 years with the women's team.

Crookenden, a native of New Zealand, is an accomplished coach, teacher and player who brings top-level international experience to the Hawks. He comes to Saint Joseph's after serving for close to 11 years as the director of tennis at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

"Ian brings quite an extensive tennis background to Saint Joseph's with collegiate and professional playing experience, as well as a successful coaching career. We are looking forward to the special dimension he will add to our tennis programs and feel that he will greatly enhance the student-athlete experience, both on and off the court," said DiJulia.

Crookenden was the head men's tennis coach and indoor tennis club director at Wake Forest University from 1984 to 1996. In 12 years as men's head coach, he totalled 160 victories. He also served as the head women's tennis coach there for three seasons.

Crookenden was a two-time NCAA Champion in doubles while at UCLA, winning the 1965 title by pairing with Arthur Ashe, and the 1966 title with Charlie Pasarell. He also earned All-America honors for three consecutive years and captained the Bruins in his senior season, 1967.

He is a contributing author of two guides published by the United States Professional Tennis Association and has served on various committees for the NCAA, the United States Tennis Association and the USPTA.

Crookenden was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.



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