Bloemendaal Joins Men's Tennis Staff
July 29, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger announced the hiring of Randy Bloemendaal as the new assistant coach. Bloemendaal joins the IU staff after spending the previous 10 years as a head coach at both the Division I and Division II levels.
"Randy Bloemendaal is a man of outstanding character," Hydinger said. "He comes to us with 10 years of head coaching experience and can see the big picture. His experience and passion for the game will enable him to contribute in all aspects of the Hoosier program."
Over the past two seasons, 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 games 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. In fact, the men's team 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.
The Lees-McRae women's team made the NCAA Division II Tournament field on three occasions (2000, 2001 and 2002). The women advanced to the final 16 during the 2000 season.
The Bobcats won 20 or more matches on five different occasions for the men and two occasions for the women under Bloemendaal. He led the Lees-McRae men's team to a school-record 23 wins in 1998 and 2000. He led the women's team to a school-record 20 wins in 2000 and 2001.
During his eight years at Lees-McRae, Bloemendaal earned CVAC Coach of the Year six times and garnered the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Coach of the Year on three occasions.
Bloemendaal served as the men's and women's assistant coach at Lees-McRae during the 1994-95 season before taking over the helm. He also served in other capacities during his tenure at Lees-McRae. From 2000-03, Bloemendaal was an assistant athletic director at the school and also served as the intramural director from 1996-98.
Throughout his career, Bloemendaal has served on numerous committees. In 2003, he was a member of the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis National Committee and the ITA Awards Advisory Committee. From 1998-2002, Bloemendaal was on both the NCAA and ITA Women's Ranking Advisory Committees. He also was a member of the ITA Men's Ranking Advisory Committee (2001-02). Additionally, Bloemendaal served as the Chair of the CVAC Men's and Women's Tennis Coaches from 1998-2001.
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) since 1994. He also has been certified in CPR and first aid since 1995. Bloemendaal 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. He also hopes to pursue his doctorate at Indiana, while serving as the Hoosiers' assistant coach.
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