North Carolina State Women’s Tennis
Simon Earnshaw has elevated the NC State women’s tennis program to new heights since being named NC State’s head coach on May 30, 2014. A nine-time National Champion with a combined 24 coaching awards, Earnshaw came to NC State following a historic 15-year run as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.
The 2019 ACC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year, Earnshaw has led NC State to four straight NCAA Championships bids, the longest streak in school history. In addition, he has led Anna Rogers and Alana Smith to NC State’s first All-America honors.
The Pack has collected seven all-conference honors, three NCAA Doubles Championships duos, and two NCAA Singles Championships participants under his leadership.
Under his oversight, Amanda Rebol and Anna Rogers became the winningest singles and doubles players, respectively, in the NC State record books.
In 2019, the team shattered program records, setting new standards for wins in a season (24) and ACC wins in a season (11). The Pack finished the season 24-7 (11-3). NC State reached a program-best No. 9 ranking while First Team-All ACC performer Rogers reached No. 8 in singles and No. 4 in doubles with all-conference honoree Alana Smith, both program-high rankings.
The Pack earned the program’s first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 after hosting the NCAA First and Second Rounds. Individually, Rogers and Alana Smith reached the NCAA Doubles Championship Elite Eight, another first for the program, and Rogers became the third Pack player in history to reach the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship.
The Pack notched its highest finish ever in the final edition of the 2019 Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings, checking in at No. 11. The program’s previous best finish was at No. 26 in 2017. In the closing 14 weeks of the season, the team lived within the top 25, including a stretch of four straight weeks in the top 10.
The team defeated Mississippi State and Florida at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Gainesville, Fla., to earn its first trip to the ITA Indoor National Championships. Earnshaw guided the team to historic victories throughout the season, including the program’s first win over Miami (Fla.) and its first win over Georgia Tech since 1998.
Under the direction of Earnshaw, Rogers defeated eventual 2019 NCAA Singles Champion and second-ranked Estela Perez-Somarriba in NC State’s dominant 6-1 victory over the Hurricanes.
In the 2018 season, his team gained selection to the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season after posting a record 19-15 (7-7 ACC) record, ending the season ranked No. 34. The ranking saw the Wolfpack earn two of its four best season-ending rankings in program history in the last three years.
Under Earnshaw’s tutelage, Rogers and Claudia Wiktorin advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championship Sweet 16, marking the second-straight year an NC State doubles tandem had made it to the Round of 16. Rogers and Wiktorin also ended the season ranked No. 20, making it the second-straight season Earnshaw has helped guide a doubles duo to a season-ending top-20 doubles ranking.
During Earnshaw’s third year with NC State, his team had one of the most successful seasons in program history. NC State finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 19-11 (7-7 ACC), tallying the most total wins and the most conference wins in program history at the time. The team finished fourth in the conference and No. 26 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings, marking its highest finishes ever in the categories.
The Pack completed its season at the NCAA Tournament after defeating No. 35 Oregon in the first round to advance to the Round of 32, a feat that had only been accomplished three times to date in NC State history. In the second round, the team fell to No. 5 Georgia.
In the NCAA Individual Championship, Earnshaw coached Martina Frantova and Anna Rogers to history as the duo became the first to advance to the Sweet 16.
Earnshaw led both Frantova and Rogers to All-ACC Selections.
In his first season with the Pack, Earnshaw led his team to 11 wins, including two team wins, five singles wins, and one doubles win over ranked opponents. In addition, the squad advanced to the second round of the ACC Championship after defeating Wake Forest 4-2.During his tenure at AASU, Earnshaw directed the women’s program to six national titles, and its men’s program to three. He is a four-time ITA National Women’s Coach of the Year (2004, 2006, 2009, 2012) and 19-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year. He was named to the AASU Hall of Fame in 2017.
A native of Holmfirth, England, he was hired as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at Armstrong Atlantic for the 1998-99 season. A year later he was elevated to the head position and his programs responded by making history.
The numbers speak for themselves. In addition to the nine national titles, his programs reached 12 NCAA Division II finals, 16 Final Fours, 21 NCAA quarterfinals, produced 35 ITA All-Americans, 30 ITA Scholar-Athletes, and 15 ITA All-Academic teams.
Earnshaw guided Armstrong Atlantic to an overall mark of 747-118 (.864). His women’s teams sported a 411-35 record (.922), including a 325-11 record the last 11 seasons (.967), while his men’s program notched a 336-83 mark (.802).
His women’s programs captured six of the nine NCAA Division II crowns between 2005-13, while his men’s team won three times during that stretch. Additionally, his squads swept both the men’s and women’s team titles on three occasions – 2008, 2009 and 2012.
During his tenure his teams posted five undefeated seasons (2005, 2010 and 2012 – women; 2008 and 2012 – men) including a combined 59-0 mark during a perfect 2012 campaign. The Pirates currently hold a 135-match home winning streak (2003-present) and a 123-match Peach Belt Conference winning streak (2003-present). Earnshaw’s women’s teams have featured the top-ranked player in Division II seven out of the last 13 years.
Beyond dominating the Division II level, Earnshaw’s players have also registered numerous fall tournament victories against nationally ranked players from all five major Division I conferences: ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC.
Both Pirate tennis teams have also maintained a high level of excellence in the classroom, earning ITA All-Academic Team honors from 2004 to 2009, along with numerous ITA Scholar-Athlete awards. The 2006 women’s team had an unprecedented all eight members earn ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
In his native England, Earnshaw is a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified coach at the national level. He also worked extensively with some of the world’s top players at the Nick Bolletieri Sport Academy during the summer months of 1993 to 1998.
Earnshaw earned his Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry from Georgia College and State University (GCSU) in 1996, where helped the Bobcats to top 10 national rankings in each of his four seasons as a collegiate tennis player. He earned his Masters of Education in health and physical education in 1998, also from GCSU.
He and his wife, Nichole, have two daughters, Abigail and Ella, and two sons, Luke and Lleyton.