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Evan Atkinson
Director of Tennis- 2nd Season

Elkhart County native Evan Atkinson begins his second season as Director of Tennis at Goshen College in the fall of 2017. In his first season, Atkinson led the Maple Leaf men to a 4-10 record and the women to an 0-11 mark.

Atkinson is a U.S. Professional Tennis Association-certified professional tennis instructor and has also completed certification toward a professional educator's license in physical education. He served as a tennis coach at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Ind., from 2009 to 2015, winning three sectional titles, and also spent seven years as the head tennis professional at Eastlake Athletic Club.

Atkinson played tennis at NorthWood High School, where he won his first sectional crown as a player in 2003 before graduating in the spring of 2004. He graduated from Taylor University in 2008, making this coaching position a return to the Crossroads League.

Atkinson is considered the head coach of both the men's and women's tennis programs at Goshen. Doug Gossman, who spent seven seasons as women's head coach from 2009-15, also remains with the combined program as an assistant.

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Doug Gossman
Assistant Coach- 9th Season

Veteran club and high school tennis coach Doug Gossman will begin his second season as an assistant in the Goshen College men's and women's programs in the fall of 2017. Gossman, who has a track record of success at both the club and high school level, previously served as head women's coach from 2009 to 2015; beginning with the 2016 season, director of tennis Evan Atkinson is considered the head coach of both teams.

At the high school level, Gossman coached a total of 12 seasons and has landed his teams in at least the state semi-finals in 10 of those seasons. Most recently, Gossman took the Northridge High School boys team to semi-state in 2008.

He has also led his squads to two Florida state championships in the late 1990's as well as taking Goshen High School teams to six semi-state appearances between 1995-2000. Included in his 12 seasons, Gossman's teams have run through the regular season undefeated on nine different occasions.

Gossman's experience beyond the high school level attests to his teaching ability. Since 1999 he has been the head of the tennis program at Maplecrest Country Club in Goshen. He has also served stints at the Somerset Hills Country Club, Warsaw Racquet Club, and with the Goshen Community Tennis Program. Gossman's commitment to the game of tennis have allowed him to coach many of the top players in Northern Indiana, numerous who have received scholarships at all collegiate levels, and several players who have gone on to play professionally.

A graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., Gossman received bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Education in 1991.