Entering his 11th season as head coach of the UMass Dartmouth men's tennis team,Tom Mendellhas led the Corsairs to two of their best seasons ever in the last three seasons.
Last year, the Corsairs went 11-1, winning all of their regular season matches and sweeping through the Little East Conference Tournament. Advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships for the second time in three seasons, UMD lost to Roger Williams and finished 11-1.
Three years ago, UMD went 13-2. The Corsairs avenged their only regular seasonloss when they defeated Salem State in theLEC championship match. UMass Dartmouth advanced to the NCAAs, where they defeated Neumann in the first round before losing to seventh-ranked Williams. In both seasons that the Corsairs advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships, Mendell was named Little East Conference Coach of the Year.
In 10 seasons, Mendell's teams have compiled a67-47 record and he has led his team to double-digit totals in wins on three occasions.
In his second season
as a head coch, the Corsairs captured their eighth LEC Tournament
title in 2004 season after posting and 8-4 overall mark and a 3-2
A former local tennis professional and intercollegiate tennis player at Southeastern Massachusetts University and SMTI during the mid-1960's, Mendellbrought awealth of tennis experience to the position. He was a former tennis instructor at the Point Connett Tennis Association in Mattapoisett and served as assistant tennis professional at the Nonquit Tennis Club in Dartmouth. As part of his work as Recreation Director for the Town of Fairhaven from 1968 through 1980, Mendell organized tennis clinics and taught tennis for several years.
An accomplished collegiate tennis player in his own right, Mendell was a member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst men's tennis team which captured the Yankee Conference championship in 1962. Mendell also played collegiate tennis for two seasons at SMTI and SMU, in addition to playing basketball for a season, before graduating from UMass Dartmouth's predecessor institution in 1967.
Mendell taught in the Fairhaven Public School system for several years, serving as head softball coach from 1981 through 1986. He is a member of the Fairhaven High School Hall of Fame. He also served as Athletic Director at the Fairhaven Boys Club for many years.
Mendell first came to the Athletic Department at UMass Dartmouth, serving as an Events Coordinator for the Corsairs' intramural program, a position he still holds. A resident of Fairhaven, Mendell is an active golfer and member of Reservation Country Club.
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