Bloemendaal Named Head Men's Tennis Coach
May 29, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Department of Athletics has promoted Randy Bloemendaal to head men's tennis coach, Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan announced on Tuesday. Bloemendaal, who has served as IU's assistant coach for the last two seasons, has 10 years of head coaching experience at the Division I and Division II levels.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity Rick Greenspan has given me," Bloemendaal said. "I believe I have the support that I need to achieve success in the Big Ten and on a national level. My family and I love IU and Bloomington and look forward to raising our two young sons here and making this our family's home. What an honor it is to serve Indiana University and its student-athletes as we continue the success of this historic program."
In Bloemendaal's two years at Indiana, he helped the Hoosiers post their two winningest seasons since the 1999-2000 campaign. In his first season, he helped the Hoosiers to a 16-10 finish, a four-win improvement over the previous year. Bloemendaal also served as the lead recruiter for the Hoosiers, bringing in a talented core of players. He was chiefly responsible for bringing in transfer Thomas Richter, who played at No. 1 singles and doubles this season.
"I look forward to working closely with Randy and assisting him in our quest to win a Big Ten Championship in men's tennis," Greenspan said.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Reynolds also expressed his confidence in the selection of Bloemendaal to head the IU men's tennis program.
"Randy Bloemendaal is a rising star in the collegiate tennis coaching ranks and we are excited about his promotion to head coach of our men's tennis program," Reynolds said. "He has already distinguished himself as a very capable evaluator and recruiter of the kind of student-athletes that will achieve at the highest levels academically and competitively."
From 2003-05, Bloemendaal served as the head men's and women's tennis coach at Charleston Southern University. In 2005, Bloemendaal led the sixth-seeded men's team to the Big South Championship match for the first time since 2002. Over his two seasons, the Buccaneer men went 22-23, including a 16-11 mark during the 2005 campaign.
After finishing his first season at the helm of the Buccaneer women in 2004, Bloemendaal helped lead a remarkable turnaround. The CSU women's team improved 11 matches in 2005 to finish 11-11 overall and 4-3 in the Big South Conference. In fact, Bloemendaal saw a pair of doubles teams named all-conference to go along with an all-conference singles player.
Prior to his hiring at Charleston Southern, Bloemendaal served as the head men's and women's coach at his alma mater, Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. Bloemendaal was the head coach of both squads from 1995-2003. During his eight years with the Bobcats, the men's team amassed a 159-36 (.815) mark, while the women were 110-63 (.634).
Bloemendaal led Lees-McRae to eight Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC) championships. Five of those CVAC titles came on the men's side, while three were from the women. The men won CVAC Championships in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003, and never finished lower than third in the CVAC under Bloemendaal's direction. The women's team captured three straight conference titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
The Lees-McRae men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament on seven straight occasions. The team made an appearance every year from 1997-2003. The Bobcats went 8-7 in those seven tournament appearances and advanced past the regionals and into the final 16 from 1997-2001.
During his eight years at Lees-McRae, Bloemendaal earned CVAC Coach of the Year honors six times and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Coach of the Year on three occasions.
Bloemendaal was a four-year letterman on the men's tennis squad at Lees-McRae. He graduated from the school as the program's all-time leader in singles victories (74) and doubles victories (89). During his career, he played at the top three singles positions and the top doubles spot. In 1988, he was given the Coach's Award, and in 1989, was recognized as Lees-McRae's Outstanding Spring Sports Athlete. Bloemendaal was ranked 46th in NAIA singles in 1991 and 18th in doubles during the 1992 season. He also was ranked 32nd in NJCAA singles in 1989.
Bloemendaal has been certified as a Professional Tennis Registered (PTR) instructor since 1994. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Lees-McRae in 1992 with a minor in physical education. In 2000, he earned his master's from Appalachian State University in higher education administration. Bloemendaal and his wife, Nola, have two sons, Blake, 4, and Evan, 2 months.
What they're saying about Bloemendaal...
"I'm extremely happy for Randy and his family. He is a quality person and an outstanding young coach. I expect him to be very successful at Indiana." - Indiana University Women's Tennis Head Coach Lin Loring
"I've watched Randy for over a year now, and I think he really possesses some qualities that will take the program to the next level. He's done an outstanding job with recruiting, he works very well with college players and he's very knowledgeable. He's very determined and very passionate about taking the program to another level." - USPTA Master Pro and IU Tennis Center Head Professional Mike O'Connell
"Randy is one of the top young coaches in America. He's won at every level he has coached and played at. He has a white collar mentality and a blue collar work ethic. He's a man of character and he won't take shortcuts. You have a guy that has great vision, is used to winning and he is also one of the most down to earth human beings you'll ever meet." - Clemson University head coach Chuck Kriese
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