FRANKLIN, Ind. – Justin Moran has been promoted to head men's tennis coach, effective immediately, it was announced today by Franklin College director of athletics Kerry Prather. Moran has been assistant men's tennis coach since 2012. Former head coach Rusty Hughes will become the assistant men's coach while remaining head women's coach.
"I'm thrilled to take over the men's program," Moran said. "Coach Hughes has helped me prepare for this transition over the past few years and I cannot wait to get started. We have consistently been in the top half of the conference year after year, and I have no doubt that we can make that next step in the coming years. I want to thank Coach Hughes for his guidance throughout my years as his assistant, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to have continued success at Franklin College."
A four-year letterman and 2011 honorable mention All-HCAC player under Coach Hughes, Moran has accumulated a decorated coaching career at Greenwood High School. He guided Greenwood to a Mid-State Conference championship in 2016 and was named the conference Coach of the Year that season. He helped guided a pair of players to All-State recognition while fostering the skills of numerous players to be named honorable mention all-state selections. Additionally, he has helped guide several players to all-conference recognition, specifically at number one and two doubles, as well as number three singles.
At Franklin alongside Coach Hughes, he has helped the Grizzlies to a league runner-up finish in 2015 and a third-place finish in 2012. Last spring, Franklin advanced to the semifinals of the HCAC Tournament, with four players earning all-conference accolades. Since joining the coaching staff, Moran has had a hand in guiding 11 different players to All-HCAC accolades.
"I couldn't be more excited about Justin Moran becoming the new heads men's tennis coach at Franklin College," Hughes added. "Justin has worked very hard for this great opportunity and I'm very confident that he has all the qualities needed to be a great coach to lead the Franklin College men's tennis in the future. I was very lucky to coach Justin and have been able to continue to work with him as a coach"
"Coach Hughes has enjoyed a legendary career at Franklin," said Prather, "and he has mentored Justin to prepare for this transition. I am very excited to have each program in such capable hands, and I know our current and future student-athletes will be well served by the leadership of Coach Hughes and Coach Moran."