Durham resigns as tennis coach

Durham resigns as tennis coach

Former Pack assistant, player Beauvais to take over squad on interim basis.

PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Jan. 19, 2012) - CSU-Pueblo men's tennis coach, Tom Durham, has resigned his position as the head of the program, leaving to focus on his career as a civic sculptor and artist.

Durham's departure opens the door for the return of former assistant, Donnie Beauvais, to the program, who has signed on to lead the program on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

Durham was hired to helm the men's and women's tennis program in 2007, transitioning to helm only the men's program prior to the 2009-10 season.  He led the men to one national tournament berth (2008-09), finishing third in the RMAC tournament and earning a bid to the NCAA Division II regional tournament. That year, the ThunderWolves advanced to the Central Sub-Regional Championship.  Durham's squad earned five all-RMAC selections, including the conference's top-ranked doubles combination in Ricardo Oaxaca and Beau Fresquez. 

An accomplished artist and sculptor who has had his hands in a variety of projects in Pueblo and the American Southwest, he will depart to lend his talents to prestigious civic projects throughout the country.  He says his biggest accomplishment was giving international players a home on the CSU-Pueblo tennis squad.

"I've always considered it an honor to coach here," he said.  "I loved working with the international kids, and for the American kids, I think it was great to expose them to the different cultures that our internationals brought with them."

In Beauvais, 55, who was an assistant with the ThunderWolves from 2000-06 under former coach and RMAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Century, Bob Scott, he is looking to bring the Pack back to the days when winning the RMAC title was an annual occurrence.

"I think we can compete at a national level consistently," Beauvais said.  "A lot of people don't realize that the men's tennis program has one of the best traditions of excellence in the history of this school, and I'd like to turn it into a top-notch program again."

In his time as an assistant, he helped coach 12 all-conference singles players (including 2001 RMAC Tennis Player of the Year, John Pendon) and 10 all-conference doubles combinations.  As a player from 1975 to 1978, he won two conference singles titles and two conference doubles titles, one title coming at one-doubles in 1978 with CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Famer and two-time All-American, Carey Brading.  He also joined with Brading to win the 1978 NAIA District VII doubles championship.