Justin Stuckey has been hired as the new head men's and women's tennis coach for the McPherson College Bulldogs.
"We are certainly pleased after such an extensive search, that coach Stuckey has accepted the position," McPherson College Athletic Director Doug Quint said in a press release. "He brings a wealth of tennis experience to McPherson. Coach Stuckey had wonderful success as a player and established a great NCAA program as a coach in one of the most competitive leagues in the country. I look forward to the leadership he will provide to the tennis programs and our young men and women."
"When I met with the McPherson staff, they all made me feel at home. They extended true Midwestern hospitality," Stuckey said. "I am looking forward to becoming a part of the McPherson community."
Stuckey, who replaces the highly successful Jeff Benito, joins the Bulldogs after being Wittenberg University's first-ever full-time men's and women's tennis coach, a position he took in 2008. While at Wittenberg, Stuckey guided the men's squad to an 85-53 record, and posted a winning season each year in the difficult North Coast Athletic Conference. The women's team went 70-55 and established a school record with 19 wins in 2010-11. Stuckey coached 23 All-NCAC athletes during his tenure at WU.
Prior to Wittenberg, Stuckey served as a graduate assistant for the Wright State University tennis teams during the 2007-08 school year. He graduated from Wright State with a master's in education in 2008.
A 2007 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., Stuckey was a team captain for his final three years and voted team MVP in 2006 and 2007. He holds a career record of 61-5 in doubles and 55-11 in singles. He was crowned conference doubles champion twice and singles once and was runner-up the other years in both doubles and singles. Stuckey helped the Golden Bulls to four straight conference championships and in 2004, was a member of the team that made it to the NCAA Division-II Tournament, where he played both singles and doubles.
In 2001, he held the No. 1 national ranking in the American Tennis Association for 16-and-under athletes.
Stuckey comes from a tennis family and is certified by the USPTA and PTR as a coach. He is a native of Cincinnati, where he graduated from legendary Moeller High School in 2003.
Stuckey takes over a McPherson women's program that won the 2014 KCAC championship and qualified for the national tournament for the first time in McPherson College's history. He'll have five of the eight top players returning.
On the men's team, the Bulldogs lost two from the team that was KCAC runner-up last season but have six coming back, including their top two players.
"I'm very excited about joining the McPherson sports family,” he said. “I believe that the tennis programs are very strong and have the potential to be tennis powerhouses in the NAIA. I believe with my talents and experience, I can assist the teams in working towards that goal."