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Austin named men’s tennis coach at Drake

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Evan Austin

Evan Austin, an assistant coach the last four seasons at Wisconsin, has been named head men’s tennis coach at Drake University.

“We are very pleased to have Coach Austin lead our men’s tennis program and join the Bulldog Athletic family,” Drake associate athletic director Dennis Francois, who chaired the search committee, said. “During his time at Wisconsin, he developed a reputation as a great recruiter and player’s coach. I’m confident he will use these same skills to recruit and develop the quality of student-athletes that fans have been accustomed to at Drake University.”

During his tenure in Madison, Wis., Austin spearheaded recruiting, planned team travel, managed NCAA compliance, oversaw budget management, coordinated fundraising and oversaw the strength and conditioning program.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Drake family and begin working with the team,” Austin said. “I know Drake has an incredible history of success in the Missouri Valley Conference and I look forward to continuing that tradition. We have a great group of guys with high expectations for this season, and I’m looking forward to helping them achieve their goals and a bright future here at Drake.”

During his last four years at Wisconsin, Austin helped lead the Badgers to a 71-41 (.634) record, including four NCAA Tournament appearances, five NCAA Tournament individual singles’ selections and seven All-Big Ten honorees.

“I am really excited for Evan and his new opportunity as a head coach,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “Selfishly, I would like to keep him around longer, but most every assistant is looking to eventually be a head coach. I am grateful for the time and dedication he spent working with me to make the men’s tennis program successful here at Wisconsin. We will miss him and wish him all the best in his new position at Drake.”