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July 8, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va — Thomas Johnston has resigned his position as University of Virginia men’s head tennis coach. He will remain in the UVa Department of Athletics through December 31, 1998, as a programs assistant, providing administrative support.

Johnston coached Virginia for five seasons, compiling a 72-46 (.610) record. He guided the Cavaliers to one of the best seasons in school histoAry this past spring with an 18-8 record. UVa advanced to the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament for the first time in school history and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

Johnston graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., in 1983 with a degree in psychology. He earned a master’s degree in sport psychology from Cal State-Fullerton in 1991 and came to UVa as a doctoral student in sport psychology in 1991. He served as an assistant coach for the Virginia men’s and women’s tennis squads from 1991-93 before being named the UVa men’s head coach in 1994.

“It is now time for me to complete my doctoral dissertation and further my career goal as a consultant in the field of sport psychology,” said Johnston. “I am pleased with the progress the team has made in the last five years and I believe the foundation has been laid for the continued growth of the Virginia men’s tennis program.”

A search will be conducted to name his successor.

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