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Brooks Hanson Signs to Play Tennis at Reinhardt University

MACON, Ga. – FPD senior Brooks Hanson signed a National Letter of Intent (NLOI) to play tennis at Reinhardt University on Thursday morning, November 20, inside the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on the school’s campus.

The athletic signing is the second this year for the Class of 2015, as classmate Austin Cox signed with Mercer earlier this month.

Hanson is the fifth tennis player to move on to the collegiate ranks in program history, joining Chuck Duggan (Class of 1976 – Furman), Jim McLemore (1978 – Florida), Jamie Myers (1985 – Georgia Tech) and Daniel Strawn (2013 – Clemson).

“This is a fantastic day for FPD and our tennis program,” head coach Derek Lashley said. “Brooks has definitely put in the dedication, time and hard work. He made his mind up at a young age that he wanted to play college tennis and he went out and accomplished that dream.”

Hanson has been an integral part of the FPD tennis squad during his stint, lettering all four years. He’s also broken the Top-100 in the Unites States Tennis Association (USTA) 18U rankings.

In 2013, Hanson led the Vikings to a GHSA Class-A State Runner-Up finish, the school’s highest mark since joining the league in 2010. During that memorable run, Hanson finished with a 20-2 record on the year in singles play.

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity,” Hanson said. “I could not have gotten here today without the help of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my family, coaches and friends. I look forward to helping Reinhardt continue its success.”

Lashley said that the signing is the first of more big things to come from Hanson, who will play his senior campaign as FPD’s no. 1 singles.

“It’s hard to find many kids that put forth the effort that Brooks has,” Lashley said. “We are all very proud of him. He’s helped take our program to the next level and we all expect him to do great things at Reinhardt in the near future.”

The Reinhardt Eagles finished the 2014 season at 10-3 overall and compete in the NAIA’s Appalachian Athletic Conference.

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Photos from Brooks Hanson’s Athletic Signing on FPD’s Flickr Page