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UH-Hilo Selects New Tennis Coach

July 29, 2015, 2:32 PM HST
* Updated July 29, 2:36 PM
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Just two years removed from receiving his degree at Idaho State University, Nate Gross is getting his first chance to lead not one, but two collegiate tennis programs.

Gross was announced as the next men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Wednesday. He was an assistant men’s coach last year under Bobby Goeltz, a perfect mentor for what the young coach will walk into. Goeltz is used to coaching both men’s and women’s squads, not only at Idaho State, which he has done for 23 years, but also at the University of Maryland,

Being a dual head coach is not standard in collegiate athletics. The University of Hawai’i, for example, has separate head coaches for each program. That luxury does not exist at UH-Hilo.

In four years of competition at Idaho State, Gross tallied 38 combined wins in singles and doubles competition. While coaching last year, he was also working on obtaining his Master’s degree in Business Administration. He has used his obtained skills to launch two websites, ProLogTennis.com and TennisMatchCharter.com, to help players track their practices and matches.

Additionally, Gross has worked at resorts in Connecticut, Florida, and Idaho as a tennis instructor.

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Gross’ will start on August 1. He takes over for Carlos Quijano, who coached the Vulcans’ tennis programs during the 2014 season.

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