Logan High School tennis coach Justin Turner and his assistant Cherith Altizer played their collegiate tennis at the University of Charleston.
And now, Keith Williamson will be following in their footsteps.
Williamson, the Logan senior and No. 1 singles player for the LHS tennis team, signed a national letter of intent on Tuesday morning to play college tennis at UC.
Coach Turner said it is a good fit for Williamson and wishes him well.
“It’s a good school and he pretty much wanted to go there from Day One,” Turner said. “I talked to Coach Matt Santen over there. He took over there during my sophomore year there in 2006-07. He’s a really good guy and I think Keith will be a really good fit. I told Matt that Keith will work harder than any kid he will have.”
Turner played at Charleston from 2005-09.
“We had several people go and play at the University of Charleston,” he said. “In the last 10 years we’ve had five or six people play there from Logan.”
Turner said Williamson is a good tennis player and hopes he performs well this spring in his senior season with the Wildcats.
“He’s left-handed,” Turner said. “You don’t see a whole lot of lefties in tennis. It’s a different kick to the ball. He’s got a big, big serve. He’s about 6-1 and about 215 pounds. He’s slimmed down some as he has lost about 30 pounds. He’s working on his speed and quickness and if he can get that down pat he’s already got the serve. His serve is booming. I haven’t put a radar gun on him or anything but I’d say it’s around 100 miles per hour.”
Turner said he still would like to see Williamson improve some more as he plays his last prep season and then goes to UC.
“Accuracy and placement is what we need to work on,” he said. “I think that he’s coming around there.”
UC is a Division II school and former member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. After the breakup this year of the WVIAC, Charleston joined the brand new Mountain East Conference with other WVIAC refugees as well as schools from Ohio and Virginia.
Williamson said he’s excited to go to Charleston.
“I’m so happy,” he said. “I just want want to thank my parents and my family for getting me where I am now. I would also like to thank my coaches Justin Turner and Cherith Altizer. They have been really good to me. I’ve always wanted to go and play tennis at UC.”
Williamson said he wants to study pharmacy and chemistry at UC.