The University of Wisconsin has hired Greg Van Emburgh, a former All-American at Kentucky and a 10-year touring professional, to take over its men's tennis program effective July 1, the school announced Thursday.
Van Emburgh, 39, and a native of Mineola, N.Y., had been the associate head coach with the UK men's tennis team since 2001. He takes over for Pat Klingelhoets, who resigned April 28 after spending 23 seasons at the Badgers' helm. Klingelhoets finished his UW coaching career with a 291-286 overall record, but the Badgers have not finished better than sixth in the Big Ten since 1995.
Van Emburgh, considered UK's most decorated player, has enjoyed success as a coach. In his four seasons as associate head coach, the Wildcats never finished lower than No. 15 in the national rankings.
A member of the UK tennis Hall of Fame, Van Emburgh was a collegiate starter from 1986-88 and he earned All-American honors in both singles and doubles in '87 and '88, making him the first Wildcat All-American and the only four-time All-American in UK history.
After finishing his UK career, Van Emburgh spent 10 years on the American Tennis Professionals Tour and was ranked among the top 100 players on tour in each of those seasons. He reached the Wimbledon doubles semifinals in 1990 and achieved his highest ranking in singles (No. 28) and doubles (No. 11) in 1993. He won seven career ATP doubles titles.
"We're very excited that Greg will be leading our men's tennis program," UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said. "He played at a very high level collegiately and professionally and he has been coaching in a program that fields a perennial top-20 team. I know our student-athletes will benefit from Greg's experiences. We're all looking forward to his arrival."
Disappointing second day at NCAAs
Thursday was expected to be a better day for the University of Wisconsin track and field teams. But the Badger men's team left day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships with just one point to show for their efforts and the women's team is not on the scoreboard.
Sophomore Tim Nelson provided the solitary point, placing eighth in the 10,000 meters in a time of 29 minutes, 1.56 seconds. Junior Simon Bairu, who was seeded No. 1 in the event, finished 14th in 29:25.19 and senior Antony Ford placed 16th in 29:35.28.
In Thursday's other men's final that included UW athletes, Nathan Brown and Ben Roland wrapped up the decathlon 12th and 15th, respectively. Brown won the decathlon javelin in 194 feet, 11 inches and established a new personal best in finishing eighth in the decathlon 1,500 meters (4:38.29).
Senior Josh Spiker reached the finals of the 1,500 meters, placing seventh in his heat and 11th overall in 3:41.41. Spiker's time was just two seconds behind the lead qualifier, Sean Duffy of American, who ran the fastest time ever posted in an NCAA semifinal: 3:39.42. The final is Saturday at 8:20 p.m. Central.
Junior Brent Boettcher cleared 6-10 ¾ in the high jump to finish in a six-way tie for 17th place. The top 16 advanced to Saturday's final.
For the UW women, sophomore Katrina Rundhaug just missed All-American honors in the 10,000 meters, placing 13th in 33:58.84, the second-fastest time in her career. The top eight Americans are honored and the Dodgeville, Wis. native was the ninth American finisher.
Sophomore Shuntia Lucas finished 24th in the qualifying round of the 200 meters Thursday in 24:08 and did not advance to Thursday's semifinals.
UW football to host Michigan at night
The University of Michigan football team's first trip to Madison in four years will be the fifth Wisconsin night game in Camp Randall Stadium in the past eight seasons.
UW announced Thursday that the Sept. 24 Big Ten opener between the Badgers and Wolverines will kick off at either 6 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. Central and will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2. UW has won its past four night games at Camp Randall.
The Badgers have not played UM since a 21-14 loss in Ann Arbor in 2002. The Wolverines last lost to UW on Oct. 29, 1994.