Head Women's Tennis Coach Meredith Geiger-Walton
Head Coach Meredith Geiger-Walton (Arizona State, 1995)
Meredith Geiger-Walton enters her third season as the head women’s tennis coach at the College. The College owns 24 wins over her first two seasons in Williamsburg, while Geiger-Walton has produced six All-CAA singles players and three all-league doubles teams.
Last season, the Green and Gold advanced to the CAA Championship match, before falling in narrow fashion to No. 24-ranked VCU, 4-3. The Tribe, who were 14-11 overall with four wins over nationally ranked foes, finished the season ranked No. 56 nationally and No. 4 in the ITA Atlantic Region. Ragini Acharya took home a pair of impressive honors for the College in her final season, earning ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year honors to go along with CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinction.
In the first season under her tutelage, the Tribe tallied 10 victories, including five over nationally ranked foes. Included in those wins was an upset of then-No. 16-ranked Texas, 4-3, in the ITA Kickoff Weekend
In Geiger-Walton’s first season, the Tribe finished the year ranked No. 49 nationally, despite battling a slew of injuries. In total, three players recieved All-CAA honors. During the fall of 2008, Acharya won the ITA East Region singles championship and advanced to the round of 16 in each of the first two national singles championships of the season at the ITA All-American Championships and the ITA National Indoor Championships.
Geiger-Walton joined the W&M coaching ranks after spending seven years as the Director of the Tennis Academy at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. She was a standout player at Arizona State during her collegiate days and went on to play professionally on the WTA tour for three years.
Recently, Geiger-Walton was selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to coach in the Bonne Bell Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup international team competition between the U.S. and Australia for Girls Under 14. The yearly event was held in November of 2008 and pitted junior girls from the United States against their counterparts from Australia. Geiger-Walton was also named the 2008 USPTA National Touring Coach of the Year.
As the Director of Tennis, Geiger-Walton recruited boarding student-athletes to St. Stephen’s, and then worked toward placing the student-athletes in universities suitable for a balance of both academics and tennis. She had players graduate and play collegiate tennis at Texas, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Boston University, Ohio State, Tulsa, New Mexico, Air Force Academy, St. Louis, Portland, Claremont McKenna, Rhode Island and Whitman University. The Tennis Academy also produced players who have earned USTA balls, sportsmanship awards and high academic awards, such as valedictorian.
Geiger-Walton also served on the Texas Coaches Commission during her time in Austin. She is a certified USPTA P1 and has completed the USTA High Performance Coaches workshop. In 2005, she led the USTA Texas junior Fed Cup team to its first championship in 23 years. She has also been a presenter at the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference in New York, as well as a speaker at USPTA Texas and CATA conventions. In 2007, Geiger-Walton was named the USPTA/Texas Touring Coach of the Year.
Geiger-Walton is no stranger to coaching collegiate tennis after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Texas in Austin for two seasons. During her tenure with the Longhorns, Texas won the Big 12 Championship and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 in both 2001 and 2002. The Longhorns finished the 2001 campaign ranked No. 13 nationally and jumped to No. 10 at the completion of the 2002 season. During her two seasons with Texas, the program produced nine Academic All-Big 12 honorees, five all-conference singles players and two all-conference doubles teams. In 2002, Geiger-Walton was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the Southwest Region.
From 1994-96, Geiger-Walton was a WTA tour player. Following her professional playing career, she served as Director of Player Development for the Southwest section of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) from 1997-98. Geiger-Walton coached at St. Stephen’s from 1998-00 as Director of Girls’ Tennis.
During her collegiate career, Geiger-Walton was a standout player for Arizona State. A four-year letterwinner for the Sun Devils, she earned All-American honors during her senior campaign. Geiger-Walton was a two-time All-Pac 10 Conference selection in 1994 and 1995, while also receiving Pac 10 Conference All-Academic Team honors all four years. She received her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology in 1995.
A 1990 graduate of Casady, an Episcopal school in her hometown of Oklahoma City, Okla., Geiger-Walton was a superb scholar-athlete who earned 10 USTA national doubles titles, the Bill Talbert USTA National Sportsmanship Award and a silver medal at the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival. From ages 12 to 18, she was ranked in the top 10 nationally for USTA juniors every year.
Geiger-Walton and her husband, Matt, have two children, Jett (5) and Cash (2).