Hannah Priest is in her second season as assistant women's tennis coach at East Carolina University.
Priest completed a four-year, honors-producing playing career for the Lady Pirates in the spring of 2008 and now assists head coach Tom Morris in all phases of the program, ranging from on-the-court duties to recruiting and academic coordination.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Hannah remain with our program in a coaching capacity," Morris said. "She has always displayed great leadership abilities both on and off the court, and there is no question that she continues to have a very positive impact on our team in this role. The addition of this position is a great opportunity for our program at East Carolina."
Beginning in 2004, Priest compiled a career singles record of 56-38 and a doubles mark of 42-22 while helping lead ECU to its four highest single-season win totals in school history. After posting a 17-9 ledger in 2004-05, the Lady Pirates followed with a pair of 19-victory campaigns in 2006 and 2007 before claiming a 17-6 finish in 2008.
In the classroom, Priests' outstanding undergraduate accomplishments at East Carolina were rivaled by few. She compiled a major-best 3.98 grade point average and held membership in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society while earning a bachelor's degree in physical education. Priest was also selected to the Chancellor's List, was a recipient of the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal and was chosen to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team.
Priest also served an active role as the women's tennis program's representative on the East Carolina University Student-Athlete Advisory Council, logging countless of community service hours in activities such as the ALS Walk, Boys & Girls Club, Canned Food Drive, St. Paul's Church, Town of Washington, ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness Wheelchair Basketball Classic, Real Integrated Sports Event Program, College of Health and Human Performance (Junior Marshall), Life Skills and National Walk to School Day.
"I am very excited to serve our women's tennis program in this role," Priest said. "After playing for the Lady Pirates for four years, it is a rewarding experience to be a member of the coaching staff. The program is becoming stronger and stronger each year, and I attribute this growth to Coach Morris' diligence in recruiting."
Priest, who also has served as a tennis instructor in camps and clubs each summer during her collegiate career, is currently pursuing a master's degree in education within the health education and promotion program.