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Tomlinson Named Women's Tennis Associate Head Coach

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 06/18/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - It was announced today that Ryan Tomlinson, a Western Michigan alumnus and long-time assistant coach of the Bronco women's tennis program, has been promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach.  

"I'm very pleased to announce this well-deserved promotion, as it speaks to all the good that Ryan has meant to our program," said WMU head coach Betsy Kuhle.  "Since returning to the staff, Ryan has taken on more responsibility, and in particular has been the key part of our recruiting success.  He bleeds Brown and Gold, and represents what it means to be a true Bronco."

Tomlinson is entering his ninth season as a full-time assistant on the women's tennis staff, serving from 2002-09 and returning in 2012.  He has helped the program to four consecutive Mid-American Conference regular season titles from 2005-08, as well as MAC Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006-07.  Keen at identifying talent, Tomlinson recruited many of the important cogs on those championship teams, including Kerstin Pahl, who wrapped her career at Western Michigan with the program and conference records in career victories.  Most recently, the Broncos' Class of 2013 was named an Honorable Mention on's List of Top Mid-Major Recruiting Classes.

Before becoming an assistant coach with the Broncos, Tomlinson was a standout player, finishing 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.