Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana University mens assistant coach Matt Pledger and womens assistant coach Ramiro Azcui have been named associate head coaches of the mens and womens tennis programs.
Azcui has been a vital part of the womens tennis program for the past 12 years. He plays a key role in the recruiting and development of Indianas womens tennis players. An accomplished tennis player in college and a two-time mens and womens Coach of the Year at Northeast Missouri State, Azcuis commitment to excellence serves as added input to head coach Lin Loring and the womens tennis team.
Since moving to Indiana, Azcui has helped the Hoosiers win four Big Ten titles in 1998,95,94 and 93. He has won the Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 1997 and 1999.
While at Northeast Missouri, Azcui compiled a three-year record of 30-24 as the mens coach and a record of 42-20 with the womens program. A two-time Mid-America Intercollegiate conference Coach of the Year with both the mens and womens programs, Azcui took a program near the bottom of its conference and guided it to among the leagues best.
Prior to taking over at Northeast Missouri in 1989, he served as the mens assistant coach at Baylor University for one year. Azcui also spent one year as an assistant for the mens and womens programs at his alma mater, Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
Lin Loring believes Azcui will continue to be a positive contributor to the womens tennis program.
Nobody deserved this more than Ramiro, said Loring. He is respected nationally for the job he has done at Indiana and for the work he has done for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. He is considered one of the top assistant coaches in college tennis. We are extremely lucky he and his family love IU and Bloomington and have made this their home.
Pledger, who served as interim head coach in 2002-03 while head coach Ken Hydinger took a leave of absence, enters his second season with the Indiana mens tennis program.
During his time as head coach for the Hoosiers, he compiled a 12-11 overall record and a 3-6 finish in the Big Ten.
Prior to coming to Indiana, Pledger served as the head tennis professional at Middletown Tennis Club in Middletown, Ohio. During his tenure, he was responsible for Junior Development and the growth of the future tennis program.
Pledger graduated from Mississippi State University in 1997 with a bachelor of science in fitness management and a minor in business. At Mississippi State, Pledger was named to the All-Southeastern Conference tennis team on two occasions and in 1997 earned first-team All-America honors. Academically, Pledger excelled as well, twice earning Academic All-Southeastern Conference honors.
Pledger has a wealth of playing professionally. From 1997-2000, he competed on the ATP Tour, the Challenger Circuit and the Futures Circuit. Pledger obtained a doubles rankings of 256 in the world and a singles ranking of 653.
Hydinger is pleased to have Pledger as part of the mens tennis program.
Matt had some head coaching experience taking over for me last year, and he did a good job, said Hydinger. This is a great step for him and his career.