Coaching changes in men’s tennis as NCAA violations uncovered

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Coaching changes in men’s tennis have been made after Georgia State Athletics did an internal review that uncovered university, athletic department and NCAA violations.

The violations are minor, according to Monday’s press release from Georgia State Athletics, however it does not specify what the violations were.

Athletics described the violation to The Signal as a “personnel issue,” and said they would have no further comment.

It appears that the program has had to let go all the men’s tennis coaches, including head coach Joerg Barthel, as the press release states each position will be temporarily filled.

“Head women’s tennis Coach Robin Stephenson will serve as interim director of tennis and oversee the men’s and women’s tennis programs for the remainder of the season,” the press release said.

It also said women’s tennis Assistant Coach Kurt Clemmons will take over the day-to-day activities in men’s tennis and an additional men’s assistant coach will be hired for the remainder of the season.

The list of men’s tennis coaches has already been taken off Georgia State Athletics’ website for the current season and last season. It does not have a list coaches until the coaches for the 2011-12 season.

The Signal reached out to Barthel for comment via email, but he has not replied at this time.

More updates to come.

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