Gennette Takes Over as Head Coach of Women's Tennis Program

CLU alumni to guide both Kingsmen and Regals

Friday, Jun. 9, 2017 11:05 am

Mike Gennette becomes the 12th head coach in women's tennis program history.

Credit: Tracy L. Olson Hi-res image

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Cal Lutheran has announced Mike Gennette as the full-time head men’s and women’s tennis coach moving forward. Gennette, a 24-year coach for the Kingsmen took over the Regals program late in 2017 and will continue to guide the team in the future.

Under Gennette’s tutelage, the Regals finished out the spring season 3-2 and finished fifth in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings with a 5-5 mark while producing an overall record of 7-11. He will return all but one member of the 2017 squad in the spring of 2018. 

No stranger to CLU, Gennette has been at the helm of the men’s program for 24 year and has been extremely successful. He coached NCAA singles champion Mark Ellis in 1996 and in 1997 he oversaw NCAA doubles champions Ellis and Jenia “Eugene” Karimov. Gennette has also coached seven SCIAC Athletes of the Year and numerous student-athletes to All-SCIAC honors. Additionally, he has led both individuals and teams to Division III West Region and National competition during his career.

Away from the collegiate scene, Gennette is active in the United States Professional Tennis Association's (USPTA) and most recently was honored with the 2016 Team USA Developmental Coach of the Year distinction. In 2011, he was selected for the USPTA co-National College Coach of the Year Award (along with Peter Smith of USC). In 2010, Gennette was named the ITA West Region College Coach of the Year and the USPTA California Division College Coach of the Year. In 2007, he was denoted as the USPTA’s California Tennis Director & Manager of the Year. In 2005, Gennette garnered recognition as the USTA/ITA National Community Service Award winner for helping to promote tennis in his community. Gennette also serves as President of the USPTA California. He has served as a USPTA board member for eight years and also organizes and presents the “Team Coaching” seminar at the annual USPTA California convention with over 100 coaches in attendance. Finally, he has coached 10 players to No. 1 in USTA national rankings during his career.

Gennette is a certified USPTA pro 1 and certified by the USTA in Sport Science. He is one of the few coaches in the nation who holds that distinction from the USTA as a High Performance Coach and has a USPTA Player Development Specialist degree. He has completed hundreds of continuing education credits through the USPTA. He also coaches juniors who have won numerous major titles.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Gennette played four seasons (1987-89, 1991) for the Kingsmen before becoming an assistant coach in 1992. He was a four-year starter for the Kingsmen and was an NAIA All-District 3 selection in singles and doubles his last three seasons. As a sophomore, he won the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) doubles title with Chris Groff. As a former No. 1 player for CLU, he was ranked in the Top-20 in NAIA singles and doubles. He was also ranked in the Top-10 of the men’s open for Southern California and played on the USTA Pro Satellite Tour.

Beyond both Cal Lutheran and the USPTA, Gennette owns and operates the Total Tennis Academy, which manages tennis programs in the five surrounding cities and park districts, and runs various summer camps.

Gennette has assumed his new role effective immediately and he will be working diligently to fill assistant coaching spots and work on recruiting for the upcoming academic year.

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