May 24, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Mark Merklein, assistant men's tennis coach for the University of Michigan over the last two seasons, has resigned his position effective immediately.
During Merklein's tenure at Michigan, the Wolverines compiled a record of 34-18 (.654), including an 18-4 mark in Big Ten play. U-M made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championships under his guidance, advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2011-12. Michigan finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 16-10 record, falling to Virginia Tech, 4-2, in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Kentucky's Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
Merklein is returning to his alma mater, the University of Florida, as the Gators' assistant men's tennis coach. He was a volunteer coach for the Gators from 1998-2000 following a standout collegiate career at Florida, which included winning the NCAA doubles championship in 1993 and the NCAA singles championship in 1994. A four-time NCAA All-American at Florida, Merklein was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 2005.
Prior to his time in Ann Arbor, Merklein spent six years as a national coach for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development Center in Boca Raton, Fla.
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