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Wittenberg Tennis:

New Coach Has High Hopes For Upcoming Season

Haley Gerken

Issue date: 9/25/08 Section: Sports
This year's tennis season comes with something a little different than the last: a brand new coach. Last month, Justin Stuckey was named Wittenberg's first-ever full-time men's and women's tennis coach.

Stuckey, a native of Cincinnati, served as a graduate assistant at nearby Wright State University, where he received his master's degree in education before coming to Wittenberg. He attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., for his bachelor's in sports management.

During his collegiate days at Smith, Stuckey played first singles and received numerous awards such as being named All-CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) for four consecutive seasons and serving as team captain for three.

He nabbed the Most Valuable Player award in 2004 while helping lead his university to an NCAA Division II postseason berth.

Stuckey's plan for the men's and women's tennis programs is to "take them to an elite status in the conference." He noted three players from each team to watch for this season. From the men's side: Brad Seymour, Stephane Antwi, and Bobby Fisher. And from the women's team: Emily Nash, Jayne Miely, and Allison Earhart.

The men's team defeated Northwestern Ohio on Saturday. "Andy Lamb picked up a big win for us in singles," Stuckey noted. The girl's team is scheduled to play the University of Dayton this Saturday with times to be announced.

When asked for his thoughts about Witt, Stuckey smiled, saying, "This is a great university. It has an Ivy-League feel to it and is a great place for both tennis and academics."

Stuckey said he plans on "tigering up every day if he has to."