University of Massachusetts Dartmouth alumnus Karsten Rathlev '14 has been selected as the Corsairs head men's tennis coach, according to an announcement made by Interim Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis this afternoon. Rathlev, the 11th man to lead the men's tennis program, replaced Tom Mendell who retired after 13 years at the helm.
"I am pleased to announce Karsten Rathlev as our next head men's tennis coach," Van Voorhis said. "Karsten served as the assistant men's tennis coach last spring and was highly endorsed by current and past players as an individual that is capable of moving the program forward. His teaching ability, enthusiasm, and the command he has with this particular group of players is a recipe for success."
One of the most decorated student-athletes in program history, Rathlev was the first student-athlete in program history to earn the coveted Little East Conference Player of the Year award twice in his career (2011 and 2013). The eight-time All-Little East Conference selection posted an impressive career singles record of 39-5 (.886) and a doubles mark of 38-7 (.844). Between 2011 and 2013, Rathlev sported a combined 27-4 record at the top-flight position, including a 16-1 mark against conference opponents. The two-time captain led UMass Dartmouth to two 13-win seasons, three Little East Conference tournament championships, and three appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament. In 2009, Rathlev won a pair of matches to help the Corsairs earn a 5-2 victory over Neumann University (Pa.) in the first round of the NCAA tournament, marking the program's first and only win in the national field.
The Winchester, Mass. native has served an assistant tennis pro at various clubs since 2010, most recently as at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, Mass. He was responsible for all ages and levels of play, in addition to providing private lessons and adult clinics. Rathlev was also an instructor at the Marion Indoor Tennis (Marion, Mass.) and The Brae Burn Country Club (West Newton, Mass.).