Yancey Walters enters his eighth season as IU Southeast tennis coach. The Grenadiers have won two KIAC tournament titles during his tenure.
Coach Walters grew up in Southern Indiana in the West Baden and French Lick area. He trained in tennis at the French Lick Springs Resort and Spa Tennis Center. He played tennis, basketball, and ran cross-country in high school at Springs Valley High School. He also played in junior tennis tournaments throughout the Southern Indiana area during high school.
During college, he taught tennis on the weekends at the French Lick Springs Resort and Spa Tennis Center, and also helped coach their club team. He also won the intramural tennis championship at University of Southern Indiana in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles for multiple years during his college years. He was named Men's Intramural Athlete of the Year at University of Southern Indiana in 2002. He was co-captain of a men's team and a coed team that participated in all intramural sports and won the campus championships from 2000, 2001, and 2002. He graduated in May of 2002 from USI with a B.S. in Physical Education (emphasis teaching) and a minor in Health / Safety.
Coach Walters took a position to teach middle school PE and coach 7th and 8th Boys Basketball in Madisonville, Kentucky. Then in 2004, he took a K-8th grade PE / Health teaching position at Anchorage Independent School in Louisville where he also coaches 8th Grade Boys Basketball and Intramural Basketball / Soccer, and became Assistant Coach of the IUS Men's Tennis Team. Since moving to Louisville, Coach Walters has been a teaching pro in the summers at Plainview Swim and Tennis Club.
In January of 2006, Coach Walters was named Head Men's Tennis Coach at IU Southeast. That spring was a rebuilding year and the team finished second in the conference, and had several team members named to the KIAC All-Conference Team. In the summer of 2006 Coach Walters was Director of the Junior Tennis Program at the Plainview Swim and Tennis Club, and also Head Coach of the Plainview Club Tennis Team.
The 2006-2007 season marked Coach Walters first full season as head coach IU Southeast. The team won the 2007 KIAC Regular Season and 2007 KIAC Conference Championships. They had five team members named to the All-Conference Team, and Bob Briscoe #2 singles and doubles was named Men's Conference Player of the Year. Also, they upset the College of Virginia Intermont in the NAIA Regional before being beaten in the regional final by Union College, a team in the top 25 in the NAIA national rankings.