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Meier named GGC assistant tennis coach

Former NCAA standout and Woodstock native Lauren Meier was been named assistant tennis coach for the Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies on Thursday.

Meier will work primarily with the GGC women's squad and help operate the newly acquired Georgia Gwinnett College tennis facility.

"We are excited to bring Coach Meier into our program," head coach Chase Hodges said. "Her playing experience, as well as her coaching experience in the local area, will help lead our program to national heights."

Meier spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the Georgia State University women's program. The Panthers came within one tie-break point of a Colonial Athletic Association team title this spring, finishing second.

Meier played four seasons at Kentucky. She advanced to the NCAA Tournament third round as a freshman in 2008 and helped the team earn three upset victories. That same season, she captured title at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Meier also was a two-year champion of the Roberta Allison Fall Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. As a sophomore, she won seven consecutive matches and notched a key victory against Florida to help the Wildcats defeat the Gators for the second time in program history.

While completing her marketing degree at Kentucky in May 2011, Meier served as a student assistant with the women's tennis program and completed an internship with UK Sports Marketing.

Meier also spent one season as an assistant coach at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., where she helped lead the girls' team to a state championship appearance.

Before Kentucky, Meier was a five-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net and the 22nd-ranked recruit in the nation coming out of Etowah High School in Woodstock. She was a four-year all-county selection and a runner-up for the Georgia Senior Athlete of the Year award. She also was a three-year Student Athlete of the Year selection.

"I'm thankful to Coach Hodges for bringing me on board," Meier said. "I look forward to helping build the program and representing Georgia Gwinnett College."

The Grizzlies will begin their inaugural season on the courts next spring.