LAS CRUCES — A New Mexico State graduate assistant tennis coach will not be on hand for this weekend’s tourney in Las Cruces due to an alleged assault he was involved in as a player.
Stas Smirnov is in his first year as a graduate assistant coach for the Aggie women’s tennis team under head coach Emily Wang.
In 2018 while he was a player at the University of the Southwest, Smirnov was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after a post-match altercation with opponent Warren Fulgenzi at a tournament in Dallas.
A Texas grand jury did not indict Smirnov, but Fulgenzi is seeking damages in a lawsuit filed in January naming Smirnov and the University of the Southwest. The suit was filed in 4th Judicial District Court in San Miguel County.