Glavin to Lead Shocker Men’s Tennis Program

Glavin to Lead Shocker Men’s Tennis Program

Wichita State has tabbed a rising star from one of the nation’s most-successful programs as its new head men’s tennis coach.

Darragh Glavin (first name pronounced “DARE-uh”) comes to Wichita after two seasons as assistant coach at the University of Miami where he helped the Hurricane to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

“Darragh is a high-energy guy with a magnetic personality and a wealth of knowledge,” Senior Associate Athletic Director, Brad Pittman said. “He’s an up-and-comer in the tennis coaching world and we’re thrilled to be welcoming him and his family to Wichita.”

Originally from Ireland, Glavin was a four-year standout at Old Dominion (2012-16) before breaking into the coaching ranks as a volunteer assistant at Princeton (2017-19) and full-time assistant at Delaware (2019-20).

Glavin, 29, replaces Danny Bryan, who accepted a similar position at LSU last month.

“My wife, Rachel and I are very excited to move our family to Wichita and become a part of this welcoming community,” Glavin said. “After being on campus and meeting with the staff, I could feel how strongly they care for our student-athletes and teams. I’m looking forward to working with the current players and continuing to build upon the tremendous growth that this program experienced under Coach Bryan.”

At Miami, Glavin reunited with his former Old Dominion head coach, Aljosa Piric. The pair guided the Hurricane to a 17-10 dual record in 2022, including a first-round NCAA tournament victory over South Florida, and finished 30th in the ITA Division I team rankings.

Glavin played a part in the development of three All-ACC players, including a pair of first-teamers. Adria Soriano Barrera won the 2021 ITA Southeast Region’s Most-Improved Player Award and was voted Senior of the Year after finishing 44th in the Division I singles rankings. Dan Martin earned first team honors in 2022 and checked in 60th nationally.

Glavin made an impact in his lone season as Delaware’s assistant coach, while working under Pablo Montana. The Blue Hens were in the midst of a school-record 14-match winning streak when their season was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Investing, the team’s .933 winning percentage (14-1) was the program’s best since the 1975 season.

As volunteer assistant at Princeton (2017-19), Glavin learned the ropes under veteran head coach Billy Pate. During his two seasons in the Ivy League, the Tigers fashioned a 38-20 mark, highlighted by a program-record 20 wins in 2018. Glavin helped develop five All-Ivy League honorees, including the 2019 Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Karl Poling.

Glavin’s leadership qualities were evident during his playing days at Old Dominion (2012-16) where he served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and helped the Monarchs reach new heights on the court. During his senior season, ODU strung together 12-consecutive victories on the way to a 21-5 mark and runner-up finish in the Conference USA tournament. The team climbed as high as No. 28 in the national rankings and finished the year among the top-50.

During the summer months, Glavin sharpened his coaching skills as an assistant tennis pro at the Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, Conn. (2014 and 2015). From 2016-18 he was head tennis pro at Shore and Country Club.

Glavin earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from ODU in 2016.

He and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Ollie and Owen.


Collegiate Coaching Experience:

2022-Pr. – Wichita State—Head Coach
2020-22 — Miami (FL) – Assistant Coach
2019-20 – Delaware – Assistant Coach
2017-19 – Princeton – Volunteer Assistant

Playing Career:

2012-16 – Old Dominion


BS in Business Administration – Old Dominion (2016)


Mar. 9, 1993


“Congrats to Wichita State for their selection of Darragh Glavin. He is a tireless worker and will continue to build on the program’s success. I’m certain he will foster meaningful relationships on campus and the entire community. Darragh’s approach to principle-centered leadership and his ability to attract top recruits bodes well for Shocker tennis.”
–Billy PateHead Men’s Tennis Coach, Princeton

“Darragh is an outstanding coach and will surely lead Wichita State to prominence. He has one of the best young minds right now in College Tennis and I have no doubt he will bring in top talent and develop his players to reach that next level.”
Pablo MontanaHead Men’s Tennis Coach, Delaware

“I have known Darragh for a long time. He has grown into a great tennis coach, but more importantly into a coach that leads his players by example of hard work, integrity, and loyalty. He is one of the top young coaches, and will do wonderful things as a head coach of the Wichita State men’s tennis program. I look forward to following his career, and cheering him on from the distance.”
–Aljosa PiricHead Men’s Tennis Coach, Miami (FL)

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