Coach Joey Eskridge is in his 12th season as head coach at Anderson University. In his previous 11 seasons with the men he has won two conference tournaments, one regular season championship, and led his team to the NCAA tournament three times. Eskridge has had two All Americans, two Academic All Americans and two SAC Scholar Athletes of the Year. The women's team was ranked for the first time in school history at the NCAA level and won its first regular season South Atlantic Conference championship in program history in 2012 under Eskridge.
On the academic side, the women's program has won the Dr. Shirley Jacks Academic Excellence Award 8 out of the last 14 semesters. The men's program won the award for the Fall semester of 2017 becoming the first men's program to earn the honor.
During the 2017 season, both the men's and women's teams each won 18 matches, equaling the men's all-time season win record and surpassing the women's all-time season win record. The 2018 men's team earned a national ranking as high as No. 23 in late March.
Eskridge, an Anderson native, grew up playing on the courts of Anderson University and was a ranked junior player in the state of South Carolina while helping lead the T.L. Hanna Yellow Jackets to their last state championship title in 1988. Eskridge played college tennis for Winthrop University and served as the assistant coach for two years. At the adult level, Eskridge has won two national titles at the 5.5 men's level as well as captained and played on a championship team in the Charleston Pro League.
At Winthrop University Eskridge served as one of the assistant coaches before moving to Hilton Head Island, S.C. to pursue his tennis teaching career as Head Professional at South Beach Racquet Club in the Sea Pines Resort. While working at Van Der Meer Tennis University where he was the youngest Head Pro on staff, Eskridge was made the Director of Tennis for the Marriott Grand Ocean Resort on Hilton Head Island. Eskridge was the Director of Tennis and Club Manager for the I'On Club in Mt, Pleasant, S.C. for nine years prior to moving back to Anderson to coach the Trojans. Eskridge developed many great junior players as well as worked with WTA players while living in Mt. Pleasant.
Eskridge served as Chairmen of player development for the USTA and was a high performance coach for the SCTA for five years. Eskridge also coached the Southern Junior Cup for four years. Eskridge is a National Tester for the Professional Tennis Registry and is considered a pro's pro in the tennis world. In 2002 Eskridge was named Head/Penn Pro of the Year for the Southeast. In 2004 he received the Professional Tennis Registry Member of the Year for South Carolina. In 2005 the I'On Club was awarded the Facility of the Year Award by the USTA under Eskridge's leadership. Eskridge was the first person in SCTA history to receive both the John Newcomb Pro of the Year award in 2008 and in 2013 the Coach of the Year by USTA South Carolina.
Joey Eskridge, Men’s Tennis (142-83 overall)
Year by Year Overall Conference Carolinas
Year by Year Overall South Atlantic Conference
2011 15-9 7-2
2012 11-8 8-1
2013 10-6 8-1
2014 9-9 8-3
2015 14-5 9-2
2016 13-7 8-3
2017 18-6 7-4
2018 12-9 6-4
2019 13-8 6-4