PEORIA, Ill. – Matt Tyler, who has directed both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at NCAA Division III Wartburg College for the last four years, has been named the 10th head coach in Bradley Women’s Tennis history, Braves Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross announced Friday.
“Matt Tyler has been tremendous to talk with throughout the interview process,” said Cross. “Coming from a family of tennis coaches, he has great passion and appreciation for the sport and is a very bright and talented communicator. Most importantly, he will be able to serve in a mentoring role for our student-athletes and help them achieve their athletic and academic potential.
“Bradley looks forward to his arrival on The Hilltop in the next few weeks to see where he takes our program in the future,” Cross added.
“I am extremely excited about coming to Bradley and building on the success that Coach (Chris) Williams had the previous season,” said Tyler. “I am very impressed with the people at Bradley and their dedication to excellence. I look forward to a successful future with the Braves.”
Since 2009, Tyler directed both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Wartburg College, growing the participation numbers in both programs to record levels while improving the competitive success of both programs. Tyler was named the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year and the USPTA Missouri Valley Collegiate Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the Knights to their best conference finish (third) in 15 years.
On the women’s side, Tyler inherited a program that had finished seventh in the IIAC the year before his arrival and he immediately led the team to a 13-3 overall record to set the school season record for victories in a season in 2009-10. He has guided the Knights to four consecutive third-place finishes in the IIAC.
Prior to taking over the Wartburg programs, Tyler was the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at Colgate during the 2008-09 season, helping the Raiders men’s program to a second-place finish in the 2009 Patriot League race. He also helped Colgate’s No. 1 women’s player earn first-team All-Patriot League honors in 2009.
After graduating in 2005 with a degree in psychology from Mesa State College, where he was an all-conference doubles player, Tyler embarked on a six-year professional playing career. The 2006 USPTA Intermountain Region Men’s Open Player of the Year, Tyler was the top-ranked pro in Iowa for three consecutive years (2009-10-11) and was ranked as high as 174th in the U.S. Men’s Pro Open Division in 2011.
The 2013-14 Bradley roster will return nine players, including five of the six players who accumulated double-digit victory totals in singles action last season, and the Braves will welcome a pair of incoming freshmen.
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