April 30, 2008
The interim tag has been removed from Darren Haworth's title, as he has been named the head men's and women's tennis coach at Eastern Washington University.
Haworth took over on an interim basis after Patrick Dreves left the position a year ago. Since then, Haworth has led the Eagle men to its best season in school history (18 wins, Big Sky Conference title, NCAA Championship berth) and the women to its first double-digit win season in 15 campaigns and its initial postseason win in 14 years.
He served as the men's and women's assistant coach for a year prior to be named the interim head coach. Prior to arriving at EWU, Haworth acted as the head men's coach and director of tennis at Fresno City College.
As a graduate assistant at Redlands, he helped lead the women's squad to successive Division III Elite Eight appearances, and the men's team was ranked in the top five nationally both seasons. He earned a master's of arts degree in school counseling from the school in 2005.
While earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from Linfield in 2003, he played for the Wildcats and helped lead the squad to its first-ever Northwest Conference Championship and appearance in the Division III Tournament. He followed up his playing career at the school with a one-year stint as an assistant coach.
Haworth will lead the Eagles (18-6, 7-1 BSC) in the first round of the NCAA Championship at noon on May 10 against host and third-seeded UCLA (21-1, 7-0 Pacific-10 Conference).