Bill Carey enters his first year as head coach of the Transylvania women’s tennis program in January 2019.
“I am thrilled that Bill will be leading the women’s tennis program,” states Transylvania men’s tennis head coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Administration, Kevin Calhoun. “His energy and passion are contagious and he will be an outstanding leader for our student-athletes.”
Carey joins the Pioneers women’s tennis program from NCAA Division II Bellarmine University in nearby Louisville, where he was part of the Bellarmine men’s and women’s tennis coaching staffs from 2016 through January 2019; Carey spent his most recent year at Bellarmine as the head coach of the women’s tennis team.
The Charlottesville, Virginia native joins a Transylvania women’s tennis program coming off of a 6-2 run in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play during the 2018-19 conference season and its first appearance in the HCAC Tournament Championship match in seven seasons. Carey’s coaching experience multiple levels, including high school, college, and work with youth and adult players in club environments, adding a diverse insight to his new role at Transylvania.
“One of the most exciting aspects of coaching at Transylvania is being part of the D-III environment,” added Carey. “This community carries the right balance between athletics and academics within the scope of the college experience and it was one of the reasons I wanted to be at Transy.”
Team growth, development, and versatility have been recurring components of Carey’s coaching resume at each of his previous stops.
At Bellarmine, Carey was part of two coaching staffs, most recently with the women’s tennis program as its head coach, and for three years with the men’s tennis coaching staff, helping to rebuild the Knights men’s tennis program. Both programs made significant strides during Carey’s tenure as doubles teams from both the men’s and women’s squads became nationally ranked.
Carey extols a passionate brand of team-focused tennis, a mindset he espouses in his coaching style. “I want to continue the tradition of lifting up our teammates and vocally supporting one another as we compete for every single ball and point,” Carey described.
Along with his coaching endeavors at Bellarmine, Carey has been heavily involved in the tennis ecosystem in the state of Kentucky over the past five years. Since February 2014, Carey has served as the head tennis coach at the Collegiate School in Louisville and has been instrumental in driving the program’s growth, more than doubling the roster size during that time. Carey has grown The Collegiate School into a regional power, elevating the boy’s tennis team to a top-3 team in the region. Since 2015, Carey has also applied his teachings at the Louisville Tennis Center, working with a wide demographic of beginners and advanced players.
Carey’s other coaching credentials include certification as a teaching professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association. Carey serves on the board of the USPTA as the Vice President for the Kentucky Chapter.
In his playing days, Carey competed as a student-athlete at Division III Bard College before earning a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and later earned a master’s degree in Jazz Composition from DePaul University.