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Tomlinson Named Assistant Women's Tennis Coach

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 01/25/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - It was announced today that Ryan Tomlinson, a Western Michigan alumnus and former student-athlete, has been named an assistant coach for the Bronco women's tennis team. It will be Tomlinson's second stint as an assistant with the Broncos, as he also served as a full-time assistant from 2002-2009 and as a student assistant to both the men's and women's teams during the 2001-02 season.

"I am so excited to have Ryan back as part of our program," said WMU head women's tennis coach Betsy Kuhle. "He helped produce our last run of four championships, and as a player he won his share of championships as well. Ryan is a true Bronco, and he's going to help lead us to another MAC championship!"

"I'd just like to thank Kathy Beauregard, the athletic administration, and Betsy for bringing me back to the place I love," said Tomlinson.

Tomlinson was part of the women's tennis program during its dominant stretch in the mid-2000's, helping lead them to four straight Mid-American Conference regular season titles from 2005-08, as well as MAC Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007. Tomlinson coached three MAC Players of the Year, nine First Team All-MAC selections, and eight Second Team All-MAC selections in his first stint with the Broncos, and was involved in the coaching and development of the top five players on the Broncos' overall wins list.

The 2009 season saw Tomlinson and the Broncos reach the MAC championship match for the fifth consecutive season, as well as senior Kerstin Pahl setting the MAC career records for overall wins (232) and singles victories (114). Pahl broke Western Michigan's career wins record in the process, passing her teammate Noriko Saruta, who had set the mark in the 2008 season. Tomlinson helped coach Pahl to MAC Player of the Year in 2008, joining Malena Remynse (2006) and Frederika Girsang (2003) as the only three MAC Players of the Year to come from Western Michigan. The Broncos finished the 2008 season with a #53 national ranking, their highest end-of-season finish in program history.

In 2007, Tomlinson helped the Broncos to a 22-7 record, the second-best single-season wins total in program history, as well as a third consecutive undefeated MAC finish. The Broncos won the MAC Tournament for the second straight season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history. The Broncos advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006, as well, posting an undefeated mark in conference play and winning the MAC Tournament in dominant fashion.

Tomlinson was a four-year letterwinner for the Broncos who finished his career with 179 victories. He played in 301 matches for the Brown & Gold and teamed with Steve Pillon to win a school record 88 doubles matches as a tandem. A two-time All-MAC selection, Tomlinson was a part of two MAC championship teams and two NCAA tournament squads.

Tomlinson is married to the former Lori Gerhardt. They have two sons, Ty (7) and Graydon, who was born January 2013.