Our Camp Staff
Rachel Kahan, Women's Head Coach
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Kahan was named the head women's tennis coach in the spring of 2018. She had served in an interim role since July of 2017 and was an assistant coach with the program for the 2016-17 season. Kahan is a 2015 graduate of Duke University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in marketing.
During the 2017-18 season, Kahan guided the Panthers to the NCAA Semifinals, finishing with a then program single-season tying 17 wins (17-4). Middlebury also advanced to the NESCAC Championship match. In 2018-19, Middlebury returned to the NESCAC Championship match and made its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Semifinals with a program single-season record 19 wins (19-3). The Panthers also had two doubles pairs play their way into the NCAA Semifinals in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Kahan came to Middlebury from the Spearman Clubs in California where she coached numerous leagues as well as performing the club's marketing.
Originally from Unionville, Connecticut, Kahan graduated from the Laurel Springs School in Ojai, California before accepting a Division I scholarship to Duke. She won the New England United States Open Qualifier Tournament in 2010 while participating in the Pilot Pen Pro Tournament at Yale in 2009.
In 2008, Kahan posted wins against International Tennis Federation (ITF) juniors ranked No. 1, No. 10, and No. 40 in the world. She was the top-ranked player in New England for the organization from 2005-07.
While at Duke, Kahan finished an incredibly successful career by earning the second-most Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) singles wins (36) of any student-athlete in Duke history. In her first season, she posted a record of 31-1 and a perfect 11-0 in conference play on her way to being named the ACC Rookie of the Year. She posted singles marks of 26-5 as a sophomore and 20-6 during her senior campaign, missing her junior year due to injury. As a Blue Devil, she accumulated an overall singles record of 77-12 and a 44-22 mark in doubles. Kahan was ranked as high as 77th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) at the conclusion of her rookie year.
Rob Barr, Women's Assistant Coach
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Barr rejoined the staff in the fall of 2017 as the assistant women's tennis coach. He returned to Middlebury from Hamilton where he was the head men’s and women’s tennis coach for six years. Barr served as the interim men’s tennis coach at Middlebury in 2010-11.
Barr completed his sixth season as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Hamilton in the spring of 2017. In 2015-16, he guided the Continental women to a team record of 15 wins, the team’s first national ranking, and a final Intercollege Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Region ranking of 17th. He recruited and coached Hamilton’s all-time leader in singles wins on the women’s side.
In 2014-15, the women finished that season ranked 19th in the ITA Division III Northeast Region. A year earlier, Barr led the women to a then team record with 14 victories, concluding that season ranked 15th in the Northeast. The men recorded their highest total of dual match victories in 17 years and ended up at No. 18 in the final ITA Northeast Region rankings of 2012-13 under Barr.
At Middlebury, he guided the Panthers to an 18-4 record, with the trip to the NESCAC semifinals and NCAA quarterfinals in 2011. Barr coached the NESCAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, two All-Americans, and three All-NESCAC selections. He was an assistant coach at Middlebury in 2010 when the men captured the NCAA title.
Barr coached at four Division I institutions before his first tenure at Middlebury. He served as a men’s assistant at Rice and the University of New Orleans, and he was the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He has coached a number of professional tennis players, including Thailand Davis Cup members Danai Udomchoke and Sonchat, and Sanchai Ratiwatana. He has coached players at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Australian Open, and other tour events around the world.
Barr earned his degree and played collegiate tennis at Southern Arkansas University where he led the team to a top 10 Division II ranking in 1984. He continues to play competitively at the sectional and national level.
Bob Hansen, Men's Head Coach
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Hansen is now in his ninth season as the head coach of the Middlebury men's tennis team in 2019-20. He came to Middlebury from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has served as the head men’s coach for 30 years.
In his first eight seasons, he has continued the post-season tradition with the team advancing into the NCAA Tournament each year. In the spring of 2013, his team finished 20-5 with a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals, while in 2014, Hansen’s squad finished with a 21-5 mark, advancing to the NCAA final four. A year later, the Panthers advanced all the way to the national title match with a 22-5 record, tied for the second-most wins in the program's history. In 2016, Middlebury once again advanced to the national championship match and finished the season with 20 victories. During the 2017 season, the Panthers posted a 21-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals. In the 2018 campaign, Hansen and the Panthers won the program's third NCAA Championship (2004, 2010, 2018), finishing with a single-season record of 25 wins (25-4). Last spring, he led the team to the program's ninth NESCAC Championship as well as the NCAA Semifinals, finishing with a record of 19-7.
Hansen guided Lubomir Cuba to the 2017 NCAA Singles championship, becoming the first Panther in the program's history to accomplish the feat. A few hours later, Cuba teamed up with William de Quant for the NCAA Doubles crown, also the initial duo in the program's laurels to earn the title. In 2018, Cuba and Kyle Schlanger earned the NCAA Doubles title.
The creator of the UCSC tennis program, Hansen is regarded as one of the top coaches in the country. Hansen led the team to seven NCAA Championships (1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2009), appearing in the championship match 13 of 24 years. Hansen’s players have won 13 NCAA doubles titles and seven NCAA singles titles. Under Hansen’s direction, the UCSC tennis program produced 117 All-Americans.
Hansen has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coach of the Year four times and in 2000 was honored as the ITA Coach of the Decade for the 1990s. During that time span, his teams were undefeated against Division III opponents in the regular season going with an impressive 73-0 mark. Hansen has served as an executive board member of the ITA as well as its Division III representative. He also served as the chair of the NCAA Division III Tennis Committee as well as a member of the ITA Rules Committee.
As a player, Hansen was Northern California’s Open Player of the Year and was ranked in the top eight for five straight years during the late 1970s. He received an ATP world ranking as well as much valuable coaching experience while playing the international circuit before coming to UC Santa Cruz. He registered wins over many top-100 players including top-10 players Brad Gilbert and Paul McNamee. He won the USTA 40 National Grass Court Championships held in Santa Barbara.
During the summers, Hansen directed the NIKE Santa Cruz Tennis Camps where he was a pioneer in the development of the tournament training program for ranked juniors.
Hansen is a 1975 graduate of San Jose State University, where he earned a degree in physical education. He later returned to his alma mater and received a Master’s degree in the same subject in 1980.
Andrew Thomson, Men's Assistant Coach
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Thomson joined the staff in the summer of 2017 as the assistant men's tennis coach and enters his third year with the Panthers in 2019-20. A 2010 graduate of Middlebury, he returned to Vermont after one year at UNC Charlotte where he was an assistant coach. The West Bloomfield, Michigan native graduated from Middlebury with a degree in economics and psychology.
Thomson helped guide the Panthers to the 2018 NCAA Championship, finishing with a single-season record of 25 wins (25-4). Last season, he helped guide Middlebury to the ninth NESCAC Championship in program history, an NCAA Semifinal appearance, and a 19-7 record.
Prior to coaching at Charlotte, Thomson spent five seasons in California simultaneously pursuing his master's and doctorate degrees in positive developmental psychology in addition to working as an assistant coach. From 2014-16, Thomson was an assistant women's tennis coach at Claremont Mudd Scripps, earning the ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2016. Prior to joining CMS, Thomson spent one season as the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Whittier and three seasons as the assistant men's tennis coach at Pomona Pitzer.
He enjoyed a stellar four-year playing career as a Panther. In 2010, he played an integral role in helping the program capture its second NCAA Championship. He was a four-time NCAA Doubles All-American with four different partners, and was voted team captain for his junior and senior seasons. In 2007 and 2009, Thomson won ITA Fall doubles national championships with Filip Marinkovic and Andrew Lee.
Thomson was awarded the John P. Stabile '40 Memorial Trophy in 2010, awarded to the student who best exemplifies the "Middlebury spirit." He also received the NCAA regional Arthur Ashe Award in 2009, given to a student-athlete who demonstrates leadership and sportsmanship, as well as scholastic, extracurricular, and tennis achievement.
He earned his master's degree in positive developmental psychology in 2014 and Ph.D. in 2017 from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.