CITY PARK, New Orleans, April 18, 2016 – Competing in only her first season as head coach of the Jackson State University male and female tennis teams (Tigers), Lois Alexis has become the youngest coach at the South Western Athletes Conference (SWAC) to win a championship and also the first Grenadian to accomplish such a feat.
“It’s an awesome feeling to not only represent my institution Jackson State University but also my country Grenada said an elated Alexis to Spice Isle Sports Review.
“I believe that age shouldn’t define you ability to accomplish anything and that hard work, determination and passion can open may doors for success. With this being said I think that I have represented the younger generation of aspiring coaches to the best of my ability.”
In the finals of the boys championship played on Sunday, the male team defeated their opponents Alabama State to win the title for the first time in 18 years at City Park Tennis Club.
“Team unity is responsible for our successes this year. We were all on the same page. We all had to same goals and we all worked at it together.”
There was some uncertainty going into this new coaching stint at JSU and Alexis says this will no doubt boost her career.
“This title definitely gives me the validation that I needed for this career path. I took on this challenge not knowing that I would get to this point so soon and I’m filled with joy that with the grace of God I’m off to a great start.”
Looking back on the season the young coach is satisfied that both teams tried their best despite the many challenges.
“The girls had a good year they had some great wins throughout the season against top schools such as Jacksonville State university. They went into conference being seeded number 4 and had a big challenge having to face the number 1 seed Alabama State in the semifinals where they fought relentlessly and took them down. Unfortunately they fell short in a tough to watch finals as they were really close to beating the number 2 seeds Alcorn State. I am extremely proud of those ladies.”
Unlike their counterparts, the boys had a more tough season having to play many of the top seeded teams in and out of conference.
“They had some notable matches against Belhaven university and university of west Alabama. In conference they went into championships number 1 seed and so received a Bye in the first round. In the semifinals the took on Alcorn State university the same team that they lost to in the previous round up and had a clean sweep 4-0 this time around. Today in the finals the boys were energetic, hungry and so relentlessly which enabled them to win the championships.”
Lois Alexis is looking forward to next season with high expectations.
“Next season we are going to be just as good or even better. Lots of new faces but same motivation, determination and fight.”
Her next assignment will be at the NCAA Regionals.
The First Time Singles and Doubles All-Southern Athletic Team and Southern Universities MVP and All American player for Southern University took up her new job after a two (2) year assistant coaching stint at Southern University where she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in .Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration.