Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury College has named Rachel Kahan as its head women's tennis coach. She has served in an interim role since July of 2017, and was an assistant coach with the program for the 2016-17 season. Kahan is a 2015 graduate of Duke University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in marketing.
"I'm happy to announce the hiring of Rachel Kahan as the head women's tennis coach," said Director of Athletics Erin Quinn. "She has proven to be an outstanding teacher and mentor in both of her roles, and we are excited about the future of women's tennis under her leadership."
"It is an honor and privilege to officially be named the head coach of the program," Kahan said. "I'm looking forward to continuing the rich tradition of success the team has been experiencing. I'm also happy to become an enduring part of the Middlebury Athletics family, where I will continue to grow as a person and coach surrounded by so many great colleagues."
Kahan came to Middlebury from the Spearman Clubs in California where she coached numerous leagues as well as performing the club's marketing.
Originally from Unionville, Connecticut, Kahan graduated from the Laurel Springs School in Ojai, California before accepting a Division I scholarship to Duke. She won the New England United States Open Qualifier Tournament in 2010, while participating in the Pilot Pen Pro Tournament at Yale in 2009.
In 2008, Kahan posted wins against International Tennis Federation (ITF) juniors ranked No. 1, No. 10 and No. 40 in the world. She was the top-ranked player in New England for the organization from 2005-07.
While at Duke, Kahan finished an incredibly successful career by earning the second-most Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) singles wins (36) of any student-athlete in Duke history. In her first season, she posted a record of 31-1 and a perfect 11-0 in conference play on her way to being named the ACC Rookie of the Year. She posted singles marks of 26-5 as a sophomore and 20-6 during her senior campaign, missing her junior year due to injury. As a Blue Devil, she accumulated an overall singles record of 77-12 and a 44-22 mark in doubles. Kahan was ranked as high as 77th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) at the conclusion of her rookie year.