Midwestern State University continues to make quality additions to it's coaching ranks for the 2010-11 season. MSU Athletic Director Charlie Carr took out his magic wand again yesterday, announcing one time East Central standout Scott Linn as the new head coach for both the men's and women's tennis teams.
Linn brings the combination of youth and 15 years of experience as both a head coach and assistant coach to an already solid Midwestern tennis program. Both the men and women will enter 2010-11 with 7 returning players on the roster.
Linn began his coaching career in 1995 as a men's team assistant with his alma mater of East Central University. In two seasons the former team captain helped the Tigers to records of 16-9 and 11-3 before being chosen to head the newly formed tennis program at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 1997. Building from scratch, Linn quickly lead the new programs at USAO to respectability as the men's team went from an inaugural season of 4-17 to a record of 10-9 and the women went from 3-12 to 11-8.
His success with USAO led him to Daytona, Florida and Embry-Riddle University where he helped rebuild both the men's and women's programs. In five years with the Eagles he took the men's team to an overall record of 81-52, highlighted by their 22-8 record in 2002, a third round appearance in the NAIA Nationals in 2003, and conference and regional titles in 2004. With the women's team, Linn took the Eagles to an overall record of 89-49, with a season best 18-9 in 2001 and second round appearances in the NAIA Nationals in four out of five years.
Linn moved on to Florida Southern College in 2004 and served as the men's head coach, leading them to a 45-31 overall record. The Moccasins finished in the Top 15 Division II national rankings and appeared in the NCAA D-II postseason in each of his three years, including the regional finals in 2006 and 2007. Off the court, Linn's Florida Southern squad excelled in the classroom as six of his players were named ITA scholars.
Linn has spent the last three seasons in Division I as an assistant coach with the men's tennis team at Indiana University. The East Central grad helped the Hoosiers to records of 16-10, 15-14, and 16-10 and mentored Indiana standout Lachlan Ferguson to an All-Big Ten selection in Ferguson's sophomore season.
The new head coach comes into a good situation at Midwestern. The men's team comes off a 14-8 record last season and an appearance in the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament. Among the returning players are LSC Sportsmanship Player of the Year Carlos Bataller and LSC Newcomer of the Year Bo Zaputovic. The MSU women finished the season at 14-9 and made their first NCAA D-II South Central regional tournament since 2007. Among returning players on the women's team are LSC Newcomer of the Year Leah Roberts and first team All-LSC recipient Alex Odell-Michels.