CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis Traci Green announced the hiring of Mason Astley as assistant coach.
"I am excited to have Mason on our coaching staff," says Green. "Mason brings a vast amount of coaching experience, and passion for college tennis and developing student-athletes on and off the court."
Prior to Harvard, Astley spent seven years as an assistant women's tennis coach at MIT helping the Engineers to a 109-44 record, a top-10 ranking, and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament Elite Eight. Additionally, he helped coach and develop four All-American singles players, and an All-American doubles pairing.
"I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to work in a great program and with great students," says Astley. "I can't wait to start."
Before moving to MIT, Astley spent three years as the head coach of both men's and women's tennis at Emerson College. At Emerson, he guided the Lions to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) finals four of his six seasons, while being tabbed as the GNAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
Astley graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Swarthmore College before earning a Master's Degree in counseling psychology (sport psychology) from Boston University. He has consulted with numerous athletes, across all sports, including top-10 U.S. junior tennis players and WTA tour professionals about the mental side of sports.