June 29, 2012

Tayo Bailey Tabbed Butler Women's Tennis Coach

Tayo Bailey, a former all-conference player for the Bulldogs, has been hired as head women's tennis coach at Butler University. Bailey returns to her alma mater after professional coaching stints in Chicago and Miami.

Bailey, a 2006 Butler graduate, was a three-time first team All-Horizon League standout for BU. She is one of 25 players in that conference's history to earn first team honors at least three times. Additionally, she helped Butler to three appearances in the conference tournament final.

The inner-city Chicago, Ill., native replaces former long-time coach Jason Suscha, who coached the women's program for 13 seasons. Fellow 2006 Butler alum Parker Ross was recently named Butler's head men's tennis coach

Bailey sported a 74-46 singles record at Butler, including a 25-10 mark as a junior in 2005. She had a winning record in each of her four seasons as a college tennis player.

"It is with great pleasure and honor that I accept the position as head women's tennis coach at Butler. I am truly blessed and I would like to thank Butler's athletic administration for this opportunity," Bailey said. "As a former player and assistant under Jason Suscha, I have come to understand and love everything about Butler tennis. I look forward to being a part of Butler tennis once again." 

After her playing career, Bailey stayed around the program as Suscha's women's assistant coach for two seasons. Butler advanced to the Horizon League championship match in both seasons she was on staff. She then spent time as a tennis professional and fitness trainer at various spots in Miami and Chicago before spending the last two years as a pro at the Goldfine-Smatt International Tennis Academy in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

"We are very excited to announce that Tayo Bailey has accepted the position of head women's tennis coach at Butler," Butler Athletics Director Barry Collier said. "Tayo has great vision for our women's program and her passion, experience and love for Butler will be obvious as she leads the team."

Bailey will be taking over a team that returns five players who started 15 dual matches, including all-league players Caroline Hedrick and Stephanie McLoughlin.