Some changes have been made to the Allegheny College athletics department staff, including the promotion of a new tennis coach.

Jared Luteran, a 16-year veteran of the Gator athletic department, is moving into a newly-created role as Director of Recreation & Facilities, while current assistant coach Taylor Coffman has been promoted head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams.

“We were privileged that qualified candidates to fill these roles were already on our staff,” said Allegheny Director of Athletics and Recreation Bill Ross. “(Luteran)’s background in campus recreation and his intimate knowledge of Allegheny College were pivotal in his transition. This role will have a significant impact on not only our student-athletes, but our entire campus community. Meanwhile, (Coffman) has proven to be ready for the next step in her career as our tennis head coach.”

Luteran has served as the head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams since the 2003 season. He amassed 317 total wins. Luteran was named the 2007 and 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Coach of the Year, as well as the 2011 United States Tennis Association Allegheny Mountain District College Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year.

Prior to his arrival in Meadville, Luteran served as the head tennis coach and director of outdoor recreation at his alma mater, West Virginia Wesleyan, where he also taught physical education courses. Upon taking over at Allegheny, he also served as the Outing Club adviser during his first year and oversaw intramurals in 2018-19.

Coffman becomes the 11th head coach in program history, and just the second female at the helm of the program. Last year, Coffman helped lead the Gator women to the NCAC playoffs. Coffman was previously an assistant coach at Midwestern State, helping the Mustangs to a 19-10 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Division II postseason in 2016.

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