There isn’t much in tennis that Ann Koger hasn’t accomplished. And after 35 years as the head coach of Haverford College’s women’s tennis team, Koger is retiring.
A Middle States Hall of Fame inductee in 2010, Koger ends her college coaching career as one of the most decorated coaches in the land. She has 359 wins at Haverford — a school record that may never be reached.
Her retirement is effective August 26.
Koger began coaching the team when it competed at the club level in 1981 and built the Fords into a competitive varsity program. Koger also coached the Fords’ varsity volleyball program for its first 15 years before turning her full attention to women’s tennis. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Koger served as an Associate Director of Athletics during her tenure.
“On behalf the entire athletic department, I would like to congratulate Ann on all of her accomplishments throughout her career and thank her for her dedication to Haverford and our women’s tennis program,” Haverford College Director of Athletics Wendy Smith said in a school release. “We wish her nothing but the best in retirement.”
During her time leading the women’s tennis program, Koger coached three conference singles champions, two conference doubles champions, and a host of players with conference, regional, and national rankings. The two most accomplished players mentored by Koger are 2014 Thomas Glasser ’82 Hall of Achievement inductees, Patricia Dinella McMillan ’86 and Amanda Figland ’88. Both players represented Haverford at the NCAA Championships and earned multiple All-American honors during their respective careers.
Koger’s devotion to tennis has earned her numerous recognitions locally and nationally. Her most recent accolade came when she was named the 2016 Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Coach of the Year. Koger was also selected as a member of the Black Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2010 and was inducted into the Hall of Achievement at the Philadelphia Association of Black Sports and Culture, Inc.’s Annual Recognition Banquet.
Honored by many organizations throughout her career, Koger was named Coach of the Year for the USTA Philadelphia Region in 1991 and Pro Tennis Registry’s Pennsylvania Coach of the Year in 1993. Koger received a national community service award from USTA/Volvo/ITA in 1989 and another from USTA for Division III in 1996. In addition, she was awarded the Montgomery Co. Links, Inc., Wilma Rudolph Award and the Philadelphia Congress of the National Political Congress of Black Women Shirley Chisholm Award in 1995. In 1992, Koger received the Stephen Cary Award for her commitment and dedication to women’s athletics at Haverford.