May 12, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced Monday (May 12) that Bruce Berque will no longer be the head men's tennis coach.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years at Michigan and the interaction that I've had with great student-athletes that competed for our team on the court and in the classroom," said Berque. "I wish everyone associated with Michigan Athletics and the men's tennis program all the best in the future."
During his tenure at Michigan, Berque compiled an overall record of 159-104 (.605), including a 66-25 mark during Big Ten Conference play. The 2012 ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year, Berque led the Wolverines to nine consecutive NCAA Championships berths, including the 2008 Sweet 16, and U-M finished among the top four of the Big Ten in eight of 10 seasons. The Wolverines were also a regular in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings under Berque, reaching an ITA ranking as high as No. 8 in 2008 and 2011.
Berque coached three ITA All-Americans during his time in Ann Arbor: Matko Maravic and Brian Hung in 2007 (doubles), and Evan King in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (singles). Under Berque's guidance, King set the U-M program record for most combined career singles and doubles wins with 195 (116 singles, 79 doubles) and became the first Michigan player since 1992 to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, accomplishing the feat in 2013. In addition, Berque coached Maravic, Hung, King, Jason Jung and Alex Petrone to multiple All-Big Ten honors during their respective careers.
Berque stressed the importance of success in the classroom as well as on the court, with 18 Wolverines earning a combined 30 Academic All-Big Ten nominations during his tenure. Eleven of Berque's student-athletes were also named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
Prior to accepting his coaching appointment at Michigan, Berque spent six seasons as a member of the University of Illinois men's tennis coaching staff, helping the Illini capture four NCAA championships (one team, one singles and two doubles), two National Indoor team championships, six Big Ten Conference crowns, and an NCAA-record 64 consecutive dual match victories.
Michigan will begin a national search to identify a new men's tennis coach.
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