FAYETTEVILLE — Jeroen Joling becomes the assistant women’s tennis coach at the University of Arkansas, Lady Razorback head coach Michael Hegarty announced this week.
Joling joins the Lady’Backs for the upcoming 2007-2008 season after a brief stint at Boston University. At Boston, Joling took on a leadership role as assistant coach for the 2006-2007 season,and helpedlead the Lady Terriers to their highest ranking at No. 63, and their first ranking in seven years.
A native of The Netherlands, Joling brings a well-rounded background and a cluster of experience in the sport of tennis to the Lady’Back program.
“He’s a good combination of youth and experience,” said Lady’Back head coach Michael Hegarty. “He’s accomplished so much in such a short amount on time.”
His coaching experience dates back to 1999 when he served as an assistant coach at PTI Tennis Organization in The Netherlands before becoming head coach at Tennis Organization Midden Holland two years later.
Working events such as Nike Tennis Camps, John Newcombe Tennis Academy, and Fantasy ‘Legends’ Week, also gave Joling valuable coaching experience to not only junior players, but adults as well. Joling alsoworked one-on-one with many top national and international juniors helping them enhance their tennis play, as several of them earned a Top 10 national ranking in their respective class.
“The interesting thing is (Joling) has worked at the junior, collegiate, and professional levels, and been successful at each,” Hegarty said.
As a junior tennis player, Joling played in many of the top national tournaments in Netherlands, and played full-time in 2002 while competing in several futures tournament in the United States.
He brings a bachelor degree in marketing and a specialist degree in sports, economics and communication from Fontys Hogeschol in The Netherlands. He also supports an impressive masters degree in counseling and sports psychology from Boston University.
“His infectious enthusiasm for the game fits real well in where this program is headed,” said Hegarty.
The Lady’Backs tennis season begins Friday at the Williams & Mary Tribe Classic in Williamsburg, Virginia. For more information and results for the upcoming season stay tuned to LADYBACKS.com.