June 7, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's tennis head coach Bruce Berque announced Thursday (June 6) the hiring of Jeremy Wurtzman as the new associate head coach for the Wolverine program. Wurtzman spent the last four years as the head coach of the University of Denver women's tennis program.
"I am thrilled that Jeremy has decided to join our program at the University of Michigan, and I believe that he will help lead our team to the next level," Berque said. "Jeremy was an outstanding college player and has had significant experience playing professionally, but more importantly he has been a successful coach at every program he has worked with. There is no doubt in my mind that Jeremy will make a tremendous impact on our program at Michigan."
"First of all, I would like to than Bruce Berque and the University of Michigan for this great opportunity to join their staff," Wurtzman said. "I am extremely excited to be a part of this program and look forward to working very hard with Bruce and the team to reach our full potential and to accomplish the goals we set out to achieve. One of the things that appealed to me about this opportunity was the tradition Michigan has built with its prestigious tennis program. I look forward to adding to that rich tradition in any way I can."
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Wurtzman arrives in Ann Arbor after a successful four-year head coaching tenure with the University of Denver women's tennis program (2009-13). Wurtzman compiled a career record of 47-43 (.522) as the leader of the Pioneers. The 2013 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, he guided Denver to one of the most successful seasons in program history, leading the Pioneers to an 18-4 record and a perfect 8-0 mark in conference play.
Prior to taking the helm at Denver, Wurtzman spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio State, helping the Buckeyes men's tennis program to the Big Ten regular-season championship, the Big Ten Tournament title and an NCAA finals appearance against USC.
Wurtzman began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the University of Denver men's tennis team for two seasons (2006-08). During his first stint with the Pioneers, Denver posted a 31-14 record (.689), qualified for its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, achieved its highest team ranking of No. 37 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings and produced its first All-American (Adam Holmstrom).
Wurztman enjoyed a successful professional playing career on the ATP World Tour, earning a top-30 American professional singles ranking, captured nine pro circuit doubles titles and was a three-time pro circuit singles finalist. He achieved ATP world rankings of No. 210 (doubles) and No. 375 (singles) and was a member of USTA High Performance National Team.
After transferring from Florida in 2001, Wurtzman was a three-year standout at Ohio State from 2002-04. He defeated three top-10 players en route to the 2003 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor title, Ohio State's first tennis athlete to win an ITA individual championship. Wurtzman went on to win the 2003 ITA Midwest Regional crown before earning the No. 1 singles ranking the following season in 2004. After compiling 42 singles and 30 doubles victories in 2004, Wurtzman was named an All-American, the 2004 ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year (co-honoree) and the Midwest Region IV Senior Player of the Year. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, Wurtzman finished his collegiate career with a 132-45 singles record and an 86-49 doubles record.
Wurtzman received his bachelor's degree in Science of Human Ecology from Ohio State in 2008.
Wurtzman, 31, and his wife, Gretchen, have two daughters, Quinn (2) and Maya (six months).