Sports continues to expand at Texas A&M-Texarkana.

A press conference was held today at Texas A&M University-Texarkana to announce the hiring of the university’s first intercollegiate men’s and women’s tennis coach. Billy Power has been named to head-up the tennis program at the university.

Billy currently serves as the director of tennis at Texarkana Country Club and has also been in charge of the A&M-Texarkana club tennis program since 2011. Coach Power will oversee the tennis program at the university on a part-time basis and he will continue to serve as the director of tennis at Texarkana Country Club.

Coach Power previously served as head tennis professional at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Ark., as well as Quail Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City, Okla. He founded the Red River Community Tennis Association in 1998 and he was awarded the Arkansas Tennis Association’s “Pro of the Year” in 1999, the Arkansas Tennis Pros Association’s “Pro of the Year” in 2001 and the United States Professional Tennis Association’s Southern Division Arkansas District “Pro of the Year” in 2002.

A&M-Texarkana Director of Athletics, Michael Galvan, is excited that Coach Power will be heading up men’s and women’s tennis at A&M-Texarkana. “Billy has ties in the community which will greatly enhance our tennis program at the university,” said Galvan. “Coach Power is very open minded in understanding our structure here and he will continue to be a valuable asset to our students as we further enhance our athletic program at the university.” The university has filed an application to become affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Dr. Emily Cutrer, President of A&M-Texarkana, echoed Galvan’s excitement regarding Coach Power and the tennis program, adding “Mike Galvan is building a strong coaching staff with a passion for excellence both in the classroom and the athletic arena.  We are thrilled to have Coach Power’s expertise as we grow our Eagle athletic program here at A&M-Texarkana.”