Aug. 9, 2013
Air Force women's tennis coach Kim Gidley announced today that Perry Wright has joined her staff as an assistant coach. Wright, formerly the director of tennis and women's head coach at Colorado College from 2007-11, recently earned his master's degree in advanced level coaching with a year of training/ emphasis in sport psychology from Springfield College, where he also served as the assistant men's tennis coach for the past two seasons.
"I am very excited that Perry has joined our program," said Gidley. "His previous collegiate coaching experience and recent education in the mental aspect of the game will greatly benefit our players. I can't wait to get our team on the court with him."
A 2006 graduate of Colorado College with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Wright lettered four years with the Tiger men's tennis team. He was a two-year captain and played No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles at CC.
After graduation, Wright served as the assistant boys' tennis coach at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colo., leading the Eagles to a regional championship and fourth place finish at the 2007 5A state tournament. It was the school's best result in the history of the program. He was also an assistant coach for two of Cheyenne Mountain High School's boys' tennis state championship teams before taking over the coaching duties at his alma mater.
Wright, who is USPTA certified, has worked as a tennis professional at the Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood Shores, Calif., and the Berkeley Tennis Club under former U.S. women's national team coach Lynne Rolley, the former coach of Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Caprioti.
Originally from Santa Fe, N.M., Wright was a high school doubles state champion and part of two North Carolina state championship teams.