Friday, October 15, 2010


Comes to Brevard as a former collegiate All-American and Tennis Professional

Brevard, N.C. - Brevard College is pleased to announce the hiring of Nicole Bumgarner as the Head Coach of the Brevard College Tornados Men’s and Women’s Tennis programs.

"Nicole has earned a tremendous amount of respect within the Brevard Community not only in the realm of tennis but as a community leader and ambassador," commented BC Athletic Director Kim Pate. "We look forward to continuing the success of our men's and women's tennis program under Coach Bumgarner's leadership."

Bumgarner comes to Brevard from her previous position as Assistant General Manager and Head Teaching Professional at Brevard Health and Racquet Club.

"I’m excited to be working with both the men’s and women’s programs, in developing them as collegiate players and quality student-athletes both on and off the court," commented Coach Bumgarner. "I look forward to coming into a quality program and improving on what Coach Thomson has accomplished as we look to take it to the next level."

Bumgarner’s previous tennis experience includes working as the Tennis Director at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, N.C., as well as working with the Brevard Racquet Club from 1981-1988 and more recently, 2007-2010.

Bumgarner also served as an Assistant Tennis Professional at the Hendersonville Country Club from 1993-2000, and was a teacher and coach at Brevard High School and Davidson River School, teaching Health and Physical Education, Biology and Life Skills, while also coaching Tennis, Track and Softball.

Other experience by Bumgarner includes serving at Temple Baptist Church as a Family and Youth Minister from August of 2005 to December of 2007, serving as the Transylvania Community Hospital Volunteer Coordinator from 1999-2005 and was the Whitewater Cove Group Home Director from 1996-1999.

Bumgarner also implemented the Safe and Drug Free Schools grant for Transylvania County Schools from 1993-1998 as a Safe Schools Coordinator.

Bumgarner’s collegiate experience includes being selected as an All-American in singles play at Peace College, while also being named an All-American honorable mention in doubles play in her freshman year. She then transferred to Appalachian State University, where she played #1 singles and doubles before her career was ended after three shoulder surgeries.

"Tennis has always had a lot of community support from Brevard, and I’d like to build on that support to bring more people to the matches," said Bumgarner. "In turn, I think it leads the student-athletes here at Brevard College to get a great college experience, and not just with the school, but really makes them feel at home when they think of Brevard."