Bloomington, IN - Indiana University men's head tennis coach Ken Hydinger announced today the hiring of assistant coach Matthew Pledger.
"Matthew (Pledger) will bring a wide variety of things to our program," coach Hydinger said. "Starting off, he is a good character guy with an outstanding work ethic. Number two, he brings professional experience and can bring great exposure to the highest level of tennis. Three, he is a guy that has improved greatly as a player, so he has that conviction of the properties that make players improve. He is excited about being here, so he is going to help at all aspects of the program."
Prior to coming to Indiana Pledger served as the head tennis professional at Middletown Tennis Club in Middletown, Ohio. There 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, with a minor in Business. At Mississippi State Pledger was named to the All-South Eastern Conference tennis team on two occasions and in 1997 earned First Team All-American honors. Academically Pledger excelled as well, earning Academic All-South Eastern Conference on twice.
Pledger has a wealth of experience touring professionally. From 1997-2000 he competed on the ATP Tour, the Challenger Circuit, and the Futures Circuit. During this stint Pledger obtained a doubles rankings of 256 in the world and a singles ranking of 653.
"I am very excited to be here," Pledger said. "I feel that this is going to be great fit for myself. I think that it is going to be an exciting year and I have a lot to offer the program."
With the addition of Pledger, coach Hydinger and the Hoosiers will continue their fall season, competing in the Big Ten Singles Championship this weekend.