The 2007-08 season marks Head Coach Wayne Turner's fifth season at the helm of Providence College's women's tennis program. Wayne looks to the contribution of a very talented freshman class of Avery Gibson, Ayushi Sinha and Kim Betzner to this years team.
Under his first year of direction, freshman Jennifer Daigle captured the New England Championship No. 1 Singles title. Most recently, his 2004-05 squad brought home Providence's first New England Championship team title since 1998. Prior to taking on the head coaching position, Turner spent six years as the Friars' assistant coach.
A native Rhode Islander, Turner attended Rhode Island College where he played both singles and doubles tennis. After graduation he returned to his alma mater as a key member of its athletic department and part time instructor for racquet sports in physical education. He also became a member of the Rally Point Instructional staff. Following that, Turner became the coordinator of junior development at Fore Court in Cumberland, R.I. where he was instrumental in increasing junior membership from under 100 players to over 300 in only a few years. Making his players feel important and not just a number was a priority for him, as was enrolling these students in challenging programs as they progressed. Next, he served as a coach and instructor at the Indoor Court in East Providence, R.I., which was built in 1913 and is considered one of the oldest courts in the United States.
Turner is rated as a P-1 tennis professional and tester with the United States Professional Tennis Association. He also is the New England Director of Developmental Workshops for high school and recreational coaches. He holds a NTRP rating of 5.0 and also was recognized as New England's Tester of the Year in 2001. In May of 2003, Turner was awarded the honor of being the top teaching professional in New England.
In April of 2005, Turner traveled to Ocho Rios, Jamaica as a representative of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). There, he conducted workshops for 11 Tennis Jamaica coaches. The workshop was the first of its kind, but will become an annual event in an effort to bring Tennis Jamaica under USPTA's umbrella for registration and certification.
Now, when he's not busy at Providence College, Turner enjoys his role as the Director of Raquet Sports at The Carnegie Abbey Club, a private sporting estate on Rhode Island's beautiful Narragansett Bay. He is also a faculty member in the Physical Education department at Rhode Island College.