Springfield, Mass. - August 29, 2018 - Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson, is pleased to announce that Mike Louis has been named the head men's and women's tennis coach and assistant professor of physical education at Springfield College.
A former student-athlete at the University of Connecticut, Louis brings a wealth of coaching experience to Alden Street, having previously served as both an assistant coach and head coach at UConn, a head coach at the University of Hartford, as well as spending time as a tennis professional at a number tennis clubs throughout Connecticut.
"It is our goal to put our student-athletes in a position to grow as young adults and to achieve success, however they choose to define that. Coach Louis is grounded by the values that fit with the NCAA Division III philosophy, as well as Springfield College, with a focus on developing the whole person in spirit, mind, and body. I'm looking forward to seeing Coach Louis lean on his previous experiences as a Division I head coach and student-athlete to lead our tennis programs," said Poisson.
Louis graduated from UConn with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology/Strength and Conditioning in 2005 and went on to earn his Master's degree in Sport Management in 2007. During his time as a student-athlete with the Huskies, Louis was a four-year letterwinner and served as a team captain, in addition go earning three Big East Conference All-Academic Team recognitions.
"It is a privilege and I am humbled to be given the opportunity to be the head coach of men's and women's tennis at Springfield College. I would like to thank Dr. Poisson, Erica Hollot, and the hiring committee for the opportunity and trusting me to lead our tennis programs. I am excited to begin working alongside our coaches as we guide our student-athletes in the direction of competitive excellence in the classroom, community, and athletics," said Louis. "My wife, Maureen, and I are beyond thrilled to be joining the Springfield College community and have been nothing short of impressed with the people and the values of Springfield College. We look to add to the community for many years to come."
As the head men's tennis coach at UConn, Louis led the Huskies from 2013 to 2017 and helped develop a culture that allowed for a pair of student-athletes achieve ITA Division I men's national singles rankings for the first time in program history, while also having the highest team GPA among all UConn athletic programs on two occasions. Prior to his return to UConn, Louis was the head men's and women's tennis coach at the University of Hartford from 2011 to 2013. With the Hawks, Louis had two student-athletes garner America East All-Conference honors and another 18 student-athletes recognized to the America East Conference Honor Roll for their academic excellence.
From 2004-2010, Louis was the assistant men's tennis coach at UConn, where he was charged with team travel and coordinating the Huskies schedule. In addition to his time at UConn and Hartford, over the past 10 years Louis has worked in the private sector at the Hartford Tennis Club, Tumble Brook Country Club, Madison Beach Club, and the Manchester Racquet Club, conducting private and group lessons and coordinating adult and junior programming. Most recently, Louis has overseen all club activities at the Hartford Tennis Club, which boasts over 400 members.