Taylor Selects former Bethel great Josh Grubbs to Lead Men’s and Women’s Tennis Programs

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Taylor Selects Grubbs to Lead Men’s and Women’s Tennis Programs

 UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Kyle Gould, announced on Friday that Josh Grubbs had been hired as the new head coach for the relaunched TU men’s and women’s tennis programs.

Grubbs is set to begin his time with the Trojans on Monday, June, 17 and will spend the 2024-2025 year building the rosters before the teams resume competition for the 2025-2026 seasons.

“Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Natalie Young, and I set out to find the right leader to bring back our men’s and women’s tennis programs and we could not be happier with Josh Grubbs being that person,” said TU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kyle Gould. “He was an impactful player in this league and has since built a successful, consistent tennis program at Leo High School over the past 15 years. Josh fully aligns with the mission of Taylor University, and we look forward to supporting him in not only restarting these programs, but in building a successful foundation that will allow both teams to compete at a high level. We are excited to welcome Josh, his wife, Abby, and their two boys to Taylor and we cannot wait for him to get started.”

Grubbs comes to Taylor after a long and successful stint leading the boys and girls teams at Leo High School. Grubbs won 101 matches with the Leo girl’s tennis teams from 2011 through 2021 and piled up 206 wins with the boy’s program from 2009 through 2023.

“Abby, our sons, and I are blessed to join the Taylor University family,” stated Grubbs. “From the moment we stepped on campus we felt welcomed. We are excited to build the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Taylor University. The thriving culture of Taylor will allow us to recruit student-athletes who will make an impact in the community. We are looking forward to building a tennis program that gives men and women the opportunity to work hard, have fun, encourage one another, and have a winning attitude. Our family is thankful for the opportunity to use our gifts for His kingdom.”

During his run to 307 total wins with the Lions, Grubbs was named the district’s Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016. That time was highlighted by a trip to the Indiana State Championship in 2015, as well as regional titles in 2016 and 2023 and sectional championships in 2016, 2017 and 2023.

In all, Grubbs led his squads to four sectional championships, three regional crowns and one semi-state title, while also coaching his Lions to a state title in doubles in 2018.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Grubbs enjoyed a standout career on the courts himself, winning 39 singles matches at Bethel College and tying for the program’s record with 57 doubles wins. The two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete also played to the MCC Doubles Championship in 2004-2005 and was named to the All-MCC squad in 2003-2004.

 

Grubbs graduated from Bethel in 2007 with a degree in sports studies.

 

Grubbs and his wife, Abby, have two sons, Brandon and Jordan.

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