Matt Donnett has been the LaGrange head coach for the men's and women's tennis teams for eight years. In addition, he is the advisor for the college's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. Donnett was the Great South Athletic Conference men's tennis Coach of the Year in 2010.
The women's team finished 10-9 in 2016-17, reaching the USA South Tournament. Freshman Jenna Eppes became the first LC women's player to be named USA South Rookie of the Year and selected to the USA South All-Conference first team. Sophomore Jia Lee was a USA South West Division second team selection.
The men were 10-7 during the 2016-17 season. Junior Mitchell Corley was a USA South West Divison first team selection, while freshman Will Thompson was on the second team.
In 2014, both the men and women reached the USA South Tennis Tournament. The men were 8-7 overall and 5-4 in USA South play. Freshman Brett Piland was selected to the USA South All-Conference second team. The women were also 8-7, with a 6-6 record in conference play. Senior Caroline Brashier was on the all-conference third team, making it three straight years earning conference honors.
Donnett coached the women to an 8-8 overall record in 2013. Included was a 6-5 mark in the Panthers' first season in the USA South. Brashier was selected to the USA South All-Conference third team; her second straight season on an all-conference team. Senior Kelsey Ellison was an Honorable Mention USA South All-Conference selection. The men finished 3-11 in 2013, including 2-6 in the USA South.
Donnett is a 1996 graduate of Columbus State University with a degree in Political Science/Public Administration and a minor in management. He was a member of both the Cougar tennis and cross country teams. Donnett attended Troup County High School in LaGrange where he was the tennis team's Most Valuable Player for three years and a four-year letterman.
Donnett has worked as an assistant tennis professional at the Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga. He has been actively coaching tennis students for over 16 years. Donnett has been USTA state ranked as both a junior and as an adult in Georgia and is a certified teaching professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association.