COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2014-15 regular season co-champion Capital University men's tennis team will have a new leader to guide them toward an Ohio Athletic Conference championship. Former tennis pro, Ohio State Buckeye and local club director Marc Wurtzman has been selected to be the next head coach of the Crusaders.
Steve Bruning, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Capital University made the announcement on Tuesday, August 25. "I'm thrilled that Marc [Wurtzman] has agreed to be our next men's tennis coach, said Bruning. "Marc brings to Capital experience as an collegiate player, assistant coach, and tennis professional that he can use to provide leadership to our men's team. I'm excited about the upcoming season, and look forward to what our young men will accomplish."
"I am elated to be given this opportunity to coach at Capital University," said Wurtzman. "I spent many years as an assistant coach and I feel I have gained valuable experience to be prepared for this opportunity to be a head coach at an exceptional university. I would like to thank athletic director Dr. Stephen Bruning for giving me the opportunity to work with a great team of student athletes at Capital University. I will be sure to continue the great tradition and be proud to be a Crusader."
Wurtzman is a 1998 graduate from The Ohio State University, where he was a four-year letterman for the Buckeyes. Upon graduation, he ranked inside the top-20 in career singles wins (68) and currently ranks 27th on that list. As a senior, Wurtzman was named team captain and was OSU's top-flight singles player.
Following his graduation, he spent one year playing professionally. His most notable win while on tour was against Fernando Gonzales, previously a top-10 player in the world.
Wurtzman began his coaching career at Kenyon College in 1999 as an assistant for the men's and women's programs under longtime coach Scott Thielke. He returned to his Big 10 roots after accepting an assistant position with the University of Wisconsin with the men's tennis team. In his two seasons in Madison, he led the team to a top-10 Midwest Region ranking and coached Danny Westerman to a Midwest Region singles title and NCAA Division I Tournament appearance.
Wurtzman returned to his alma mater in 2002, again as an assistant in the men's program. In three seasons with the Buckeyes, his teams were annually ranked Top-10, nationally, and advanced to the NCAA Division I Elite 8. Wurtzman also helped coach three national champions (Jeremy Wurtzman, 2004 indoor singles; Ross Wilson/Scott Green, 2005 ITA All-American indoor doubles).
After the 2005 season, he transitioned into the local tennis club scene where he has worked at eight different tennis clubs as either the assistant pro, head pro, or head coach of youth and adult teams. Most recently, Wurtzman was the director of tennis at the Jewish Community Center in Bexley while also serving as the Girls Middle School Head Tennis Coach at Columbus Academy in Gahanna. He is also active at the Olympic Indoor Tennis Club and at The Lakes and Jefferson Country Club, both in the Columbus area. With his experience at numerous clubs over his career, he has coached a number of Ohio High School state qualifiers as well as regionally-ranked and nationally-ranked junior players.
Success began at an early age for Wurtzman. As a junior player, he was perennially ranked inside the nation's top-50 at the U-14, U-16, and U-18 levels. At one point, he was ranked No. 1 in the Eastern Tennis Association's poll and was a New York State High School Champion in 1993.
Wurtzman will take over a team that in 2014-15 finished the season with a 14-5 overall record. With their 7-1 OAC record, the Crusaders won a share of the OAC Regular Season Championship and earned a first-round tournament win over Ohio Northern University. Their regular season co-championship is the first in program history since the OAC began recognizing regular season titles in 2003. It also marked the program's first championship of any kind since 2001 when the Crusaders won that year's OAC Tournament title.
Wurtzman currently lives in Columbus with his wife, Kellie, his daughter, Sammie, and his stepdaughter Maddie.