Sarver Hired to Lead BC Tennis Program
Experienced tennis professional, Sarver, hired to lead Men's & Women's Tennis programs
Sports Information Department BC
July 18, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
The Bluefield College Athletics Department announces the hiring of the new Men’s and Women’s Tennis Head Coach, Mark Sarver.
Sarver comes to Bluefield College with an immeasurable amount of tennis coaching experience at all different levels. He is no stranger to the Bluefield area. Sarver graduated high school from Bluefield High, attended Bluefield College (75’) when it was just a two-year institution, and finished at Bluefield State College in 1980. He played both tennis and basketball at Bluefield College.
Interestingly enough, Coach Sarver assisted and acted as a tennis professional liaison for Bluefield College in 1997 during a transitional period in the tennis program.
Sarver was not only born and raised in Bluefield, but he has also invested his life into the community. He was in education in both Mercer and Wythe County for 28 years, teaching both social studies and physical education. While in education, he has coached a score of different high school programs including Bluefield High (Boys and Girls) for 15 seasons, Graham High School (Girls) for eight seasons and Bland High School (Boys and Girls) for two seasons.
While coaching at the high school level, Sarver was nominated as one of finalists for National High School Tennis Coach of the Year in 1989.
Sarver joins Bluefield College Athletics
On the private sector, Coach Sarver has been regarded as one of the leading figures for tennis professionals within the two Virginias. He has been the Director of Tennis and head professional at the Greenbriar, Tanglewood Park (Winston-Salem, NC), Black Knight Country Club, Parkersburg and Glade Springs Resort over the past two decades.
During this time, he was named the 1990 USPTA (US Professional Tennis Association) Pro of the Year.
Sarver’s leadership, networking and coaching experience will be an automatic boost to the tennis program at Bluefield College due to his different roles on the national level. He has served as President and CEO of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)-Mid Atlantic Section and has also sat on the National Board of Directors for the USTA. Moreover, he has coached several of the national zonal teams within the Mid-Atlantic section for ages 12’s, 14’s and 16’s.
While holding private and public professional training across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, Coach Sarver has been able to narrow in on the areas of great tennis talent. With his rich tennis history, Bluefield expects its tennis players and the program itself to be regarded as one of the best in the state…and soon, in the nation.
Athletics Director, Pete Dryer, is excited to see how this will change Bluefield College Tennis. “Our tennis programs are set to do some great things as we move forward with Coach Sarver. He knows a lot about the game, he understands how to coach it, and he knows where to find talent. He has a genuine interest in seeing his players and teams succeed, and we are excited to see that happen.”
While Sarver understands he has a full plate ahead of him, he is eager to start a new chapter in his life. “Bluefield belongs to me”, expressed Sarver. “I have dedicated my life to the Bluefield area and surrounding communities, and I feel like this decision came down to timing. It was the perfect time and place in my life to join the Bluefield College community and I’m excited to make this a competitive program moving forward.”
Mark lives nearby in Bland, Virginia alongside his wife and three children. Two of his children, Ashleigh, (29) and Andy (27) both played collegiate tennis at Virginia Tech. His third daughter, Grace, is a rising Senior at Bland High School and has not yet signed a letter of intent for tennis.
Sarver also currently acts as director of tennis for city of Bluefield, West Virginia.
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