Nov. 9, 2011
EVANSTON -- Chris Klingemann has been hired as an assistant men's tennis coach, Northwestern head coach Arvid Swan announced Wednesday. Klingemann starred for four years at Ohio State and played for over two years on the ATP Tour upon graduation.
"Chris Klingemann was a top collegiate and professional player," said Swan. "Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. He will immediately become one of the top assistant coaches in Division I tennis."
Klingemann, a native of Seattle, Wash., spent two-and-a-half years playing on the ATP circuit where he ranked amongst the top-six ATP professionals in Canada and amongst the top 520 players in the world. Playing doubles, Klingemann won two Futures Tournament titles and advanced to the finals of a Challenger Tournament. He has a career high doubles ranking of No. 480. Klingemann was also a singles finalist in one Futures Tournament and posted wins over four players who were each ranked in the top-200.
Prior to joining the professional tour, Klingemann spent four successful years playing at Ohio State University. There, he helped lead the Buckeyes to three straight Big Ten regular season championships from 2005-07 and a pair of Big Ten tournament crowns in 2006 and 2007. Ohio State reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament three straight times (2005-07) during Klingemann's tenure in Columbus, Ohio.
Klingemann was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2005 and on the court he earned All-Big Ten accolades in 2006 and 2007. As a senior in 2007, Klingemann was a team captain and voted the squad's most valuable player.
"I'm really pleased to join the Northwestern University family," said Klingemann. "I am excited to help Coach Swan continue to build the NU men's tennis program."
Since leaving the ATP tour in 2010, Klingemann has worked at the College Park Athletic Club in Deerfield, Ill. as a high level junior pro. He graduated from OSU in December 2007 with a degree in communication.
Klingemann fills the role vacated by former assistant coach and NU alum Adam Schaecterle, who accepted the head coaching position at the University of North Florida last month.
The Wildcats will begin the 2012 season on January 15 with a pair of dual meets at the Combe Indoor Tennis Center inside the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on Northwestern's campus. The 'Cats will host Ball State at 2 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. tilt against UIC.
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