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Stretton announced as first Assistant Coach for new tennis programs

Stretton announced as first Assistant Coach for new tennis programs

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's and women's tennis programs are entering their first seasons of competition in the 2019-20 athletic season, and the Saints have announced the addition of Graduate Assistant Coach Millie Stretton to bolster the coaching staff heading into the season.

"I am very grateful to get the opportunity to work with Coach Benito and Marymount Athletics," Stretton said.  "It is an exciting time to be a part of this brand new tennis program, and I can't wait to assist with the development of our student-athletes at Marymount University."

Stretton joins Marymount after a four-year playing career in Division I tennis between Kansas State University and University of Maryland.

She spent her first-two years at Kansas State, earning a spot on the All-Big 12 Freshman team for the 2015-16 season. She led the Wildcats with 20 singles' wins and 14 doubles' wins that season, with 20 singles' wins marking the most by a freshman since the 2010-11 year.

As a senior at Maryland, Stretton led the team with six singles' wins and eight doubles' wins. She also led the team with 16 doubles' wins as a junior, with the highlight of the season coming at the Big 10 Conference championships. Stretton and teammate Eva Alesandrova upset Northwestern University's No. 4-ranked doubles' team to reach No. 22 in the nation in doubles' rankings.

Stretton now joins Head Coach Jeff Benito to lead the Saints into their inaugural season, looking to set a strong foundation for the tennis program to grow.

"Millie is a great addition to our new program and endeavor here at Marymount University," Benito said. "She's a strong and passionate player who's eager to learn to be a coach.  I look forward to working with her to build the program."