FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas Razorbacks Women’s Tennis Coach Michael Hegarty has been dismissed from his position, Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek announced via a press release Tuesday night.
Yurachek, hired in December as Arkansas’ athletic director, cited no specifics in Tuesday’s press release regarding Hegarty’s dismissal after 15 years as the head women’s tennis coach, but the Razorbacks, 3-10 in the SEC, were not included in Tuesday’s announced NCAA Women’s Tournament field after grasping at a 16-16 record minimum eligible to be considered by playing and defeating East Tennessee State six times, five times 4-0 and the last one 4-3, on April 22 in Fayetteville starting the first match at 8 a.m. and the last one at 7 p.m.
“Shortly after the completion of our competitive season, I informed Coach Hegarty that we were relieving him of his duties as the head coach of our women’s tennis program,” Yurachek said via Tuesday’s press release. “I appreciate his efforts with our program and wish him the best in his future endeavors. We will move forward in identifying a coach who will serve as a leader for our student-athletes on and off the court and will help our program compete and win in the Southeastern Conference and nationally.”
The UA’s all-time winningest women’s tennis coach, Hegarty compiled a 213-84 Arkansas record including nine appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
A NCAA Top 20 singles player at Auburn, Hegarty began his coaching career in 1994 as a men’s assistant at Auburn, then assisted former Arkansas Men’s Coach Robert Cox for a year before assisting both the men’s and women’s programs at Kentucky.
He also assisted the men’s program at Florida and was the head coach at Fresno State compiling a 76-33 record for four seasons.