PEORIA, Ill. – Citing personal reasons, Bradley men’s tennis coach Jesse Plote has submitted his resignation and Bradley Athletics is launching a national search for the 17th head coach in the program’s history.
“I have decided to make a move for my family, which will begin a new chapter of my life,” said Plote. “We will be moving to Wisconsin, where we will be much closer to our families. My family will miss Bradley and the Peoria community and we met some great people during our time spent here.
“I feel the team has a strong nucleus returning with the addition of three incoming freshmen,” Plote added.
Since taking over as Bradley men’s tennis head coach in 2008, Plote compiled a 58 wins in his five seasons to become the third-winningest coach in program history. He departs after leading Bradley to three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1987-88-89 and the team’s 43 wins since the start of the 2010-11 season are the most in a 3-year period since the Braves also won 43 dual matches from 1988-90.
“I want to thank Jesse for his dedicated service to the Bradley Tennis program,” said Bradley Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross. “By adhering to our mission of providing every student-athlete the opportunity for both a distinctive education and a championship experience, he has raised the bar of expectations for Bradley Men’s Tennis and leaves his successor a program immediately capable of achieving at a high level.”
The 2013-14 Bradley roster will return five players, including four rising seniors, from a team that was 14-11 (.560) overall last year for the team’s best single-season winning percentage since the 1993-94 squad finished 8-6 (.571).
Rising seniors Justin Abrams (10th with 64 career singles wins); Hamish Weerasinghe (14, 61); Arthur Romanet (19, 59); and Ashton Kalhorn (24, 55) all rank among Bradley’s top 25 for career singles victories and rising junior Ahmed Albitar was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference All-Select Team in 2012. Romanet was the 2012 Flight 7 champion at the 2012 MVC Indoor Championships and Kalhorn was a 2013 Capital One Academic All-America second-team selection.
In addition to the high quality of play on the court, the quality of Bradley University’s David Markin Tennis Courts also is improving as the surface of the courts is in the process of being reconstructed this summer.
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