ALBANY, Ga.- The Albany State University Department of Athletics has named James Allen “Lenny” Gray, Jr. as its new women’s tennis coach.
“We are very fortunate to have Coach Gray join our staff,” ASU Athletics Director Dr. Richard H. Williams stated. “Coach Gray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the game of tennis. With his teachings, we are confident we will soon see productive results for our tennis program.”
Gray played 15 years of pro baseball for major league teams as a minor league player. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Recreational Management and Business Administration in Recreation from Woodfield University.
An active member of U.S. Professional Tennis Association and the Professional Tennis Registry, Gray is perhaps best known for his reputation as a tennis pro and as a developer of the fast track system of teaching tennis. He has taught more than 1000 tennis players to play the game and has worked extensively with both men and women on the pro tour.
Gray also played professional tennis for five years. He was the Head Teaching Pro at a number of well-known tennis facilities in Florida-where he has a Fleet Championship.
A former Lady Ram assistant coach with the women’s tennis program in 2008, Gray also served as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Tuskegee University. In 2009, he won the SIAC Women’s Tennis regular season championship and the SIAC Tournament title. Gray was named the SIAC Tournament Women’s Coach of the Year in 2009 and the SIAC Men’s Coach of the Year in 2010. Both of those teams finished with undefeated seasons.