Mac loses top-notch tennis coach

By Steve Sell
June 22, 2016

All Justin Stuckey did in his two years as McPherson College tennis coach is guide the Bulldog teams to the national tournament.

He’ll thus be leaving the program in good shape as it was announced by the college on Tuesday that he’s resigned.

"It is with mixed emotions that I step down,” Stuckey said. “This is a situation that ultimately allows my family a great opportunity. I am very grateful for the opportunity that former athletic director Doug Quint and current athletic director Andrew Ehling have given me to be the head coach of both programs at McPherson. McPherson is truly a special place with special people. I am so proud of the student-athletes that I have had the opportunity to get to know and coach over the past two years. My goal was to elevate the tennis programs in the conference and on the national level and I feel that both programs are positioned better at the conference and national levels."

Stuckey was named the 2016 and 2015 KCAC Coach of the Year for both the men and women. 

 The Mac women have won three straight KCAC regular-season championships and have consistently been nationally ranked in the Top 25, finishing the 2016 season ranked 22th. The Mac men are back-to-back KCAC Tennis Tournament champions, finishing the 2016 season ranked 15th.

"McPherson College is losing a great coach,” Ehling said. "Coach Stuckey has elevated our men's and women's tennis programs. I certainly wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors."

The Mac men’s team did not have a single senior and was mostly freshmen and sophomores. The women’s team, however, must replace four seniors.

A national search for a new coach will begin immediately.