Kirtane promoted to associate head coach for women’s tennis

Sachin "Shaq" Kirtane

After serving as the assistant coach for the Mississippi State women's tennis program for three seasons, Sachin Kirtane has been promoted to associate head coach entering his fourth season with the Bulldog program.

"Shaq has played an integral role in our success the past few years," head coach Daryl Greenan said. "I feel fortunate to have him on board and enjoy working with him. We challenge each other and both share the same vision for the future of Bulldog tennis. Our girls benefit from his knowledge and passion for tennis. I appreciate his commitment and feel like he is very deserving of this promotion. It reciprocates our athletic department's commitment to him."

Kirtane has been very instrumental in helping bring unprecedented national-level talent to Starkville in recent years.

In Kirtane's three seasons in Starkville, MSU has been selected for the NCAA Championship three times, advancing to the second round in both 2015 and 2016. Before Kirtane's arrival, MSU's last postseason appearance was in 2005.

Last season, Kirtane was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southern Region Assistant Coach of the Year, becoming the first recipient of the honor in program history. Kirtane aided the Maroon & White to a 15-9 record in 2017 with the Bulldogs achieving the program's highest national ranking ever on April 4, coming in at No. 16. State also finished the season No. 20, tying for the best ever final ranking.

Over his three years, the Bulldogs have combined for an impressive 49-30 overall record. For the past two seasons, the Bulldogs have posted back-to-back seven-win ledgers in the always-powerful Southeastern Conference, setting the school record for league wins in 2016 and tying it last spring.

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