Don Marriott will begin his third season as the head coach for men's & women's tennis at Lees-McRae College in 2017-18.
“We are excited to add someone with Don’s experience, but also great passion. His enthusiasm for this job is reassuring to me,” praised McPhail. “He will join an energetic group of coaches who will continue to make a difference in a young person’s life through intercollegiate athletics at Lees-McRae.”
Recently, Marriott served as the director of tennis as the Statesville Country Club in Statesville, N.C. He was responsible for running all aspects of the tennis program while teaching all age groups of children and adults. Marriott assisted with promotion of the club and membership.
During the same time, he ran the tennis program from the Statesville Christian women’s team.
From 2011-2014, he worked as a tennis pro at the Trump National Golf Club at Charlotte and ran all junior tournament events and socials. He led a player to the No. 1 ranking in North Carolina and top-50 in the nation.
Marriott served as the director of tennis for Lexington, N.C. from 2008-2011. He owned the tennis shop and coached over 100 juniors in the quick start programs.
"My excitement in developing the future of Lees-McRae College tennis is beyond words. LMC athletics has a celebrated history rooted in athletic and academic success; my desire, as a coach, is to continue this recognizable tradition,” said Marriott. “The Bobcat tennis program is and will remain an integral part of the school and community for years to come. My family and I are proud to be a part of LMC athletics: Be ready, come watch, Bobcat tennis is on the prowl."
Marriott enjoyed a 13-year tenure as the director of tennis at the High Point Country Club in High Point, N.C. He managed a staff of three to five people, including assistant, shop and part timers. He owned and ran two tennis shops with inventory over 20K.
He earned a bachelors in Arts-English literature while receiving a tennis scholarship from High Point University. He played No. 1 singles and doubles and served as the team captain in 1994. He earned all-conference accolades and worked as an English tutor in the learning assistance center for the English department chair.