EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt announced the appointment of Nick Mueller as the new head coach for the women's tennis program.
"We are extremely excited to have Nick join the program," said Hewitt. "He brings a wealth of success and experience. We look forward to having him take the women's tennis program to an even higher level."
Mueller spent the past five seasons as the head women's tennis coach at the University of Evansville, where he led the Purple Aces to an 11-9 dual match record last season. He replaces Amanda Pratzel, who left to take a position with the United States Tennis Association.
"I would like to thank Dr. Hewitt and (Senior Associate Athletic Director) Jason Coomer for this opportunity," said Mueller. "I have heard a lot of positive things about the team and the tennis community in Edwardsville. It's reassuring to me that tennis is pretty important in the area."
Becoming the 10th women's tennis head coach in SIUE history, he takes on a program that continues to improve in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Cougars posted a 7-3 record in OVC competition and advanced to the OVC Championships for the second straight season.
A 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Mueller was team captain for three seasons and played No. 1 singles for two years.
He began his coaching career with the nationally-ranked William & Mary women's tennis team in the spring of 2002 and served as volunteer assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin during the 2002-03 season. Mueller spent nearly three years as assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., before becoming an assistant at Virginia Tech in 2007.
Mueller helped the Hokies become an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 50 Team for three consecutive seasons. The Hokies were ranked as high as 37th nationally by the ITA in 2009. Virginia Tech earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award during two seasons with Mueller.
At Evansville, Mueller established a consistent program that advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinals last season led by the conference's top doubles team. The Purple Aces were the championship host for the event.
The Purple Aces performed well on the court and in the classroom, having earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award all five seasons under Mueller, compiling a team grade point average of 3.2 or better.