Jan. 19, 2012
AUBURN – Luc Godin has been named an assistant coach with the Auburn women’s tennis team, head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner announced Thursday.
"I am thrilled to announce Luc Godin as the new Auburn women’s tennis assistant coach. I have had the opportunity to coach against him over the years and have been very impressed with how he connects to his players which I feel will be a huge asset to our program," Longbotham Meisner said. "He possesses a significant amount of coaching experience form various levels as both an assistant coach and a head coach. He also has a strong recruiting background needed to help build Auburn into a championship contender. I am very excited to have him join my staff and the Auburn Family.”
Godin joins Auburn from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. where he served as the head coach during the 2010-11 season. He joined Northwestern State on the heels of a conference championship as head coach in 2010 at NCAA Division II Drury (Mo.).
Godin also was an assistant coach at Tyler Junior College on three NJCAA national champion women's teams before moving to Northwestern State as a graduate assistant in 2008. Godin helped guide the Lady Demon team to the greatest season in school history in 2010, a 21-2 campaign that culminated with Southland Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and the school's first appearance in the NCAA Team Tournament.
He spent 2009-10 as head men's coach at Drury (Mo.), guiding a team that finished 17-5 in the spring, winning its fourth Great Lakes Valley Conference title in five seasons. The 16th-ranked Panthers lost in the NCAA Division II Round of 16 to fourth-ranked Barry, the eventual national champions.
Along with his experience at Tyler JC, Godin also ran an ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) camp for one season in central Florida.
“I'm excited about joining the program and I'm happy to be part of the Auburn family,” Godin said. “Auburn is a first-class institution and supports a first-class athletic department. I'm excited about being part of this team and helping this group move to the next level. The girls are committed and have shown great energy on the court. It's easy to see that this program is going to go forward.
“I'm also excited about working with Lauren. I consider her one of the best young coaches today in college tennis and she carries a phenomenal track record. All these reasons made Auburn a great fit for me.”
A native of Petit-rocher, New Brunswick, Canada, Godin qualified for and played in nationals in his home country, and played in some ATP futures events before choosing to focus on his coaching career.
Born July 5, 1976, Godin graduated from the College of the Ozarks in 2006 and earned a master's in health and human performance with a concentration in health promotion in 2009 from Northwestern State.