STARKVILLE, Miss. – Former four-year Bulldog letterwinner Tanner Stump, most recently an assistant coach with Furman University, has been named to the same position at Mississippi State, as announced Wednesday. Stump will officially begin his tenure at MSU August 1.
Stump will serve under first-year head coach Matt Roberts, who was promoted to the helm of the MSU men’s tennis program on June 28.
“Tanner has proven he is one of the best assistant coaches in the country and we are honored to have him return to the Mississippi State tennis program,” Roberts said. “I am very excited to start working with him and the team this fall.”
Stump comes to the Maroon and White after spending this past season in Greenville, S.C., as an assistant under head coach Kelly Jones at Furman. In his lone season with the Paladins, Stump helped lead the squad to a 16-9 record in 2014, including an appearance in the Southern Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament championship match.
Prior to serving on Jones’ staff, Stump was an assistant at Middle Tennessee State (2012-13), helping guide the Blue Raiders to two 19-win seasons, the most wins the program saw since 1997. During the 2012 season, he assisted the Blue Raiders to their second-straight Sun Belt tournament title and 11th NCAA Championship appearance. 2013 saw MTSU once again reach the finals of the Sun Belt Championship.
Stump saw a majority of his success while in Murfreesboro, Tenn., helping the Blue Raiders improve their ITA national ranking of No. 140 in 2011 to No. 34 in 2013. In his two seasons, Stump coached seven total selections to the Sun Belt All-Conference Team, with five coming in 2013. In addition to his coaching prowess on the court, Stump also was heavily involved in promoting success in the classroom, as the Blue Raiders earned ITA All-Academic Team honors in 2012 and 2013.
Stump is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference or the Maroon and White, graduating from MSU in 2011 after playing four years on the court for the Bulldog men’s tennis program. Stump was an instrumental part of the Bulldogs’ rise back into national prominence in his time at State, culminating in the program’s first SEC Western Division crown his senior season and a top-20 finish in the ITA National Rankings.
Earning SEC All-Academic honors all four years at MSU, Stump was also honored with the Newsom Scholar-Athlete Award his junior and senior seasons, which is given annually to the student-athlete with the highest GPA in each varsity program. Stump also showed dedication to the surrounding community of Starkville, earning SEC Community Service Team honors his junior season.
A native of Bradenton, Fla., Stump graduated from MSU in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He is married to the former Chelsea Taylor, also of Bradenton.
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