POST NAMES FORMER TENNIS PRO MARK KEIL AS HEAD COACH
Courtesy of Joe Coss, Post SID
WATERBURY, CT - Mark Keil has been named Head Men's and Women's Tennis coach at Post University. As a player Keil has defeated several top contenders including Pete Sampras and has competed in the Australian Open as well as Wimbledon.
"I am very excited to be the Post University men's and women's head tennis coach and look forward to recruiting student athletes, especially from the New England and the New York City areas," stated Keil.
After playing at the University of South Florida, where Keil was the number one player on his college team, he became an ATP / IFT touring tennis player. During that time he defeated Pete Sampras and collected 5 ATP Tour doubles titles. In doubles he has won matches over Becker, Edberg, Kafeinikov, Kuerten, Philippoussis, and Haas.
At one point in his career, Keil was ranked as highly as 32nd in doubles and 167th in singles play. He qualified for Wimbledon twice by winning three qualifying rounds as well as qualifying to compete in singles at the Australian Open.
In 2005 he served as assistant tennis coach at UCLA for their Men's program and during that time UCLA player Benjamin Kohlloeffel won the NCAA singles title. Kohlloeffel was later named NCAA National Player of the Year.
"I am very excited to announce Mark as the new head coach of our tennis program." said Athletic Director Anthony Fallacaro. "We extended the search in order to find a candidate with the right mix of qualifications that will have a positive impact on our tennis program. I believe Mark will do just that. His successful background as a college player led to an extensive professional career on the Tour. These experiences as a player, coupled with Pac-10 coaching experience, provide Mark with a great deal to offer recruits. He loves tennis and his passion for coaching and teaching the game will be an attraction for tennis players of all talent levels."
Since his tenure at UCLA, Keil has been coaching privately at various tennis clubs throughout New England, including Westboro Swim and Tennis and Bosse Sports.