COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's and Women's Tennis will have a new leader for its teams. Director of Athletics and Recreation Roger Ingles has announced the hire of former Division II athlete Troy Patterson as head coach of both tennis programs, effective August 1, 2017.
Patterson comes to Capital after spending two years as the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Division III North Carolina Wesleyan College. Both programs garnered much success during his time at both the team and individual levels. Patterson also has established himself as a notable tennis figure in the Columbus area as a former coach for nearby Newark High School.
"Troy is a great addition to our Capital athletic staff," said Roger Ingles, Capital University director of athletics and recreation. "He has experience at the high school level in Central Ohio and working with a top-20 men and women's program in Division III. I am excited to have him join our staff and working with him to grow our program into one of the best in Division III."
"I would like to thank Mr. Ingles for giving me this great opportunity," said Patterson. "I am really looking forward to getting started and creating a tennis program that is highly competitive for many years to come."
While at North Carolina Wesleyan, he helped the Battling Bishops produce two All-Americans and guide the women's tennis team to its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in its history. The 2015 season proved to be a highlight year for both programs when the men's and women's teams swept conference titles, leading each to a national tournament appearance. Along the way, the men's team was ranked inside the top 20 in Division III, and housed the No. 2-ranked doubles team and the No. 10-ranked singles player in the country. The men's team beat perennial national contender No. 11 Johns Hopkins University that year as its signature win.
The following year, North Carolina Wesleyan men's tennis repeated as USA South champions and earned a return trip to the national tournament.
Patterson played two years of collegiate tennis at Davis and Elkins College (Elkins, W.Va.), an NCAA Division II institution. In his two seasons, he spent time playing on the singles circuit in the three, four and five lineup spots. Despite injury, Patterson finished his final season with an 8-8 conference singles record.
Prior to joining North Carolina Wesleyan, Patterson spent a total of five seasons serving as assistant coach to the Newark High School boys and girls tennis teams. He has also spent time as a YMCA day camp counselor (2011-12) and Mercy Health Plex tennis professional (2014).
"Being around some great coaches over the years has definitely had a major impact on me," said Patterson. "My top goals are definitely possessing team GPAs of 3.0 and higher, building up the tennis community in Bexley, and last but not least winning the Ohio Athletic Conference on both sides."