BOONEVILLE, Miss. –  Northeast Mississippi Community College has hired Ben Shappley of Ripley as the new head coach for the men and women's tennis programs.

Shappley will take the place of last year's head coach Lynn Smither and will look to add to Smithers' success.

"I am enthusiastic and optimistic about my first year as the coach of the Northeast tennis teams," explained Shappley. 

"We have a very talented and athletically gifted team this year.  We are a fairly young team with only four sophomores but we are fortunate to have a group of very capable and determined freshmen coming in who were all solid performers at their respective high schools.  This year's team consists of nine men and seven women, all bringing different strengths and adding versatility to the team."

Shappley's decision to accept the position as tennis coach was primarily due to his desire to take a more active role in support of the Northeast athletic programs. 

"I have enjoyed tennis on a recreational level for years and have been involved with sports on various levels for approximately forty years, starting with the traditional little league activities through junior high and high school athletics and on into college and even intramural league sports while serving in the military," said Shappley.

Shappley's approach or philosophy toward coaching is holistic. 

"I strive to instill dedication, discipline, integrity, pride, and a competitive spirit as well as enhancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of each individual player and the team as a whole." 

"I am looking forward to a very successful season with Tiger tennis teams," Shappley concluded.