|Position:||Interim Head Coach|
Cheney resident Dustin Hinson joined the EWU coaching staff in January. He will serve as interim head coach of the women's tennis program for the 2013 season.
Hinson currently works as a professional fisheries biologist and aquatic ecologist in Cheney, but has ample experience with tennis as both a player and coach.
Hinson, a native of Moscow, Idaho, started playing tennis at the age of three, and progressed into a top 15-ranked junior tennis player in the Pacific Northwest. After four years playing in United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments, Hinson earned a scholarship to the University of Idaho, where he competed for three years (1995-98) in both singles and doubles.
“I am quite happy to have Dustin on board,” said EWU director of tennis Darren Haworth, “He has some great experience having played for Idaho, and with him living here in Cheney, it makes a great fit. I know Dustin is very enthusiastic about the opportunity and I think he'll bring a lot to the program.”
Hinson graduated from Idaho in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in fishery resources. He went on to earn a master’s from UI in environmental science in 2003.
In the midst of his work as a biologist and aquatic ecologist, Hinson also spent time as an assistant tennis professional at the Woodlake Athletic Club in Sioux Falls, S.D., as well as a coach at the North Park Racquet Club in Spokane, Wash.
|Position:||Director of Tennis|
Haworth is in his sixth year as the Director of Tennis at Eastern Washington University. He is the head coach of the EWU men's tennis team, and oversees the women's program.
The men's tennis team has advanced to the Big Sky Tournament in three of Haworth's first five years at the helm. Under his direction, the team has earned a 26-14 record in Big Sky play, and 65-52 overall record in dual matches. Haworth has had at least one player named to the All-Big Sky First Team in each of his five seasons, and has had a total of 13 All-Big Sky Conference selections. His athletes have also been honored 23 times on the Big Sky All-Academic list since 2008.
In the most recent 2012 season, Haworth led the team to a third-place finish in the Big Sky, as EWU advanced to the four-team postseason tournament for the first time since 2009. Five different players on the team reached the 10-win mark during the year, while all six of his top players finished with a .500 or better record in Big Sky dual matches. During the year, the Eagles celebrated big wins over in-state rivals Seattle and Gonzaga, as well as taking down Big Sky foes Weber State, Northern Arizona and Montana State.
The 2011 season saw the Eagles just miss the cut for the postseason tournament, but EWU had several exciting wins throughout the year. Fernando Mussolini, who Haworth signed before the 2009-10 season, became the first player in Haworth's tenure to beat a nationally-ranked player (top 100), and is believed to be the first Eagle to do so since Eastern became a member of NCAA Division I. Mussolini defeated Idaho's Marius Cirstea, who was ranked 57th in the nation and 17th in the Mountain Region.
In just his second year as head coach in 2009, Haworth led EWU to an 18-9 overall record. The team finished second in the conference with a 6-2 league record and advanced to the championship match of the Big Sky tournament before falling to nine-time champion Sacramento State. EWU had three players named to the All-Big Sky First Team that year.
While the 2009 season was a memorable one, Haworth had an even better run in his inaugural year at the helm. In 2008, Haworth was selected as the Big Sky Conference Men's Coach of the Year. EWU took second in the regular-season race with an impressive 7-1 league record. The Eagles went on to capture the first-ever Big Sky tournament title for Eastern Washington in the sport of tennis. The Eagles won the crown after a pair of dramatic 4-3 comeback wins in the postseason tournament, including a victory over host and regular-season champion Sac State in the title match.
The men also set four school records during the 2008 season, which had dated back to 1984, when EWU joined the NCAA Division I ranks. These records included wins (18), Big Sky victories (7), winning percentage (.720) and winning streak (9 - from Feb. 2 - March 8).
The women's squad, also under the direction of Haworth at the time, had its own historic season, winning its first postseason match since 1994 to snap a 29-match losing streak in postseason contests. That convincing 4-0 win over Montana was also Eastern's 10th of the year - the most EWU has earned since the 1993 squad went 10-8.
Under his tutelage, five Eagles earned All-Big Sky honors. Three men were named to the first team, one earned honorable mention accolades and a pair of women attained second team honors.
The three players named to the men's first team nearly doubled Eastern's all-time total, bringing it to seven. Meanwhile, the two women's honorees became just the sixth and seventh in Eagle women's history.
In 2007, Haworth served as assistant coach for a pair of teams that earned their first-ever winning records in Big Sky play, as the men went 5-2, and the women were 4-3.
The men snapped a 40-match postseason losing streak with its first-ever win in postseason competition since joining Division I, defeating Weber State 4-0 in the Big Sky quarterfinals that year. The team then made it two-straight with another 4-0 win - that one coming over Montana, to move into the championship contest.
Haworth arrived at Eastern Washington in 2006 with plenty of tennis coaching experience.
Before beginning his EWU career, Haworth served as head men's coach and director of tennis at Fresno City College. While coaching at FCC, Haworth also was a tennis professional at the Fig Garden Swim and Tennis Club.
Prior to his stints at those two places, he was the head pro at the Visalia Racquet Club, where he worked with highly-ranked local players and nationally-ranked junior players.
Haworth earned a master's of arts degree in school counseling through the University of Redlands' School of Education in 2005. That followed a pair of seasons as the graduate assistant coach with both the men's and women's teams. Haworth helped lead the women to successive NCAA Division III Elite Eight appearances, while the men were ranked in the top five nationally both seasons.
He followed up a playing career at Linfield College with a one-year stint as the assistant coach. As a player, he helped lead the Wildcats to their first-ever Northwest Conference championship and appearance in the Division III Tournament.
Haworth earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the school in 2003.
His collegiate playing career began at the College of the Sequoias, where he competed in No. 1 singles and doubles.