Scott Linn is in his third year as an assistant men's tennis coach at Indiana University. Linn served the previous 10 years as a head men's tennis coach at both the Division II and NAIA levels. Linn's talents have caught the attention of the nation as he was honored in 2008 as the USPTA Midwest College Coach of the Year.
Linn has been instrumental in the development of the Hoosiers over the past two years, and it is no coincidence that in those two seasons, the Hoosiers have had two All-Big Ten honorees. In Linn's first season at Indiana, Thomas Richter earned All-Big Ten honors and the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Last season, Lachlan Ferguson also garnered All-Big Ten honors. Ferguson defeated five nationally-ranked opponents in 2008-09.
The 2007-08 season saw IU advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001, and the 2008-09 Hoosiers, played very tough down the stretch, advancing to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Hoosiers have been ranked as high as No. 31 by the ITA during the past two seasons, and since Linn's arrival, the Hoosiers have knocked off 10 nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 15 Michigan in 2008 and No. 19 Wisconsin in 2009.
Prior to his time at Indiana, Linn spent three years at Florida Southern, where he led the Moccasins to a 17-8 season and a trip to the NCAA Southeast Regional in 2007. Florida Southern finished the year ranked 15th in Division II, with sophomore Michael Knoedler finishing the season ranked third in the nation in singles.
In 2006, the Moccasins produced a 14-12 record, reached the finals of the NCAA Southeast Regional, and finished ranked 13th in the final ITA Division II ranking. In his first season at FSC in 2005, he took the Moccasins to a 14-11 record, an NCAA regional runner-up finish and a final ITA Division II ranking of 14. In three years at Florida Southern, he led the team to a 45-30 record on the court and had three players named ITA All-Americans.
His squads at FSC showed strength in the classroom as well. In his first two seasons, six of his student-athletes were named ITA Scholar-Athletes (grade point average of 3.50 or better) for their performance in the classroom. In 2006, the Moccasins were one of just 10 Division II teams to earn ITA All-Academic Team recognition for having a team GPA higher than 3.20.
Prior to arriving at Florida Southern in 2005, Linn took Embry-Riddle's tennis programs to NAIA prominence in a five-year period. He coached both the men's and the women's teams at the school. In his five seasons there, he guided both squads to the NAIA National Tournament each year and earned two Florida Sun Conference men's tennis coach of the year awards.
His five-year record for the Embry-Riddle men's team was 81-52 (.609). He coached the women's team to an 89-49 (.645) overall record during that same span.
After serving two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, East Central University, Linn was chosen to start the men's and women's tennis programs at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. After going 4-17 and 3-12 in the first year of the program, the teams improved to 10-9 and 11-8, respectively, in Linn's second season before he went to Embry-Riddle.
A 1995 graduate of East Central in Ada, Okla., Linn was a four-year player and two-year team captain on the men's tennis team. He received his bachelor's degree in mass communication and then earned his master's degree in human resource administration in 1997 at East Central.
Linn and his wife, Amy, have a son, Austin (6), and two daughters, Sydney (4) and Alexis (8 mo.).
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