Kristin Yep named Director of Tennis; JR Sarmiento to lead the Men’s program

Kristin Yep named Director of Tennis; JR Sarmiento to lead the Men’s program

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WHITTIER, Calif. – Following the resignation of former Director of Tennis Quinn Caldaron, Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman announced the promotion of Kristin Yep to oversee the Whittier College tennis program.

Yep will now oversee the day to day operations of both programs, including the budgeting, fundraising, and recruiting, while coaching the women's team.  She has also hired JR Sarmiento who will now become the new Head Men's Tennis Coach.

Yep is a graduate of Concordia '12, where she earned a B.A. in Exercise Sports Science with an emphasis in Rehabilitation.  She was a four-year letter winner for the Eagles and was an All-American in both singles and doubles.

She is currently a certified professional tennis teaching instructor and is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA).  She is no stranger to Whittier College as she joined former Director of Tennis Ben Belletto as his assistant coach on the men's side back in 2014.  Prior to attending Concordia (CA) she was a traveling junior player for eight years going worldwide playing on the International Tennis Federation Circuit (ITF) earning a world ranking as high as 720. 


JR Sarmiento joins the Poet staff after serving as an assistant women's tennis coach at Cal State Fullerton last season.  There the team finished 19-4, which was the best winning record in program history. 

Sarmiento played for the Bruins at UCLA during his freshmen year (2009) before moving over to the UCLA Club Team, where he led the organization to a National Championship in 2011 and a semi-final finish in 2013.  Prior to attending UCLA he was a four-year letter winner at Carson High School where he was a CIF Singles Champion (2007). 

He currently serves as a private tennis instructor and was a coach at West End Racquet Club and South Bay Tennis Center where he coordinated practices for early development youth, while facilitating workouts, drills, and exercises. 

Off the court, Sarmiento is the CEO and Owner of NSJPA, LLC. and earned a Masters in Transformational Training, while serving as a staff-coach, mentoring over 100 students on how-to-coach and how-to-be-coaches.

His notable accomplishments include being a 5-star recruit from, earning a ranking of No. 22 in the Southern California Boy's 18 & Under Division, while earning a National Ranking as high as No. 1 in singles within the Boys 12's and Boys 14's divisions.  He was also ranked No. 2 in the Philippines in the mixed singles 10 & under division.