Aug. 29, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern head men's tennis coach Arvid Swan
announced Friday (Aug. 29) the promotion of Chris Klingemann
to the role of associate head coach.
"Chris Klingemann is one of the top coaches in college tennis," Swan said. "He has made a tremendous impact in all areas of the program since his arrival in Evanston. Chris is completely dedicated to making our team one of the top programs in college tennis and is very deserving of his promotion to associate head coach."
In his first three seasons on the Northwestern coaching staff, Klingemann has helped lead the Wildcats to NCAA tournament appearances all three years. In the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, NU knocked off 19th-ranked Wake Forest to earn its first first victory in the tournament since 1998. The squad peaked at No. 18 in the ITA team rankings.
Klingemann's time with the 'Cats has coincided with the team posting two of its winningest seasons in school history. In 2013, Northwestern posted 22 dual match victories, one shy of the school single-season record, and the Wildcats followed it up with 21 wins in 2014.
The 2013 season saw Raleigh Smith and Spencer Wolf become the first Northwestern teammates to earn first-team All-Big Ten accolades in the same season since 2005. Smith also compete the rare double in the fall at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, winning the singles title while pairing with Sidarth Balaji to win the doubles crown. Klingemann's efforts resulted in him being named the ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
This past season, Smith and Sam Shropshire were both named first-team All-Big Ten while Shropshire was recognized as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the ITA Midwest Region Rookie Player of the Year. Both individuals earned national rankings while Smith was selected to participate in the NCAA Singles Championship.
Klingemann is a December 2007 graduate of Ohio State University where he twice earned All-Big Ten honors. The Seattle, Wash., native spent two-and-a-half years playing on the ATP circuit before working at the College Park Athletic Club in Deerfield, Ill. as a high level junior pro.
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