Michael Louis, a four-year letterwinner for the UConn men's tennis team and a six-year assistant coach for the Huskies, begins his fourth season as the Huskies head coach in 2016-17.
"I'm thrilled and excited to be joining the UConn family again and have the opportunity to help move the program forward," said Louis, 31, who spent two years as the head coach of both the men's and women's teams at the University of Hartford prior to taking over the UConn position. "It's always been my dream to come back and coach my alma mater."
A native of New York City, Louis took over the programs at Hartford before the 2011-12 season, his first head coaching job at the Division I level.
Louis was named the New York Public School Athletic League Player of the Year as a senior at Humanities High School in 1999-2000. He played four years at UConn, served as team captain as a senior, and was named to the Big East Conference All-Academic Team for three straight seasons.
Louis was a UConn student coach in 2004-05 while earning his bachelor's degree in exercise psychology. He served as a graduate assistant under UConn Director of Tennis Glenn Marshall from 2005-07 as he earned his master's degree in Sports Management. From 2007-2010, he was Marshall's full-time assistant and in the spring of 2010, he was the varsity coach at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury. The following year, he accepted the job at Hartford.
Louis, who lives in West Hartford with his wife Maureen, has also served as the assistant head tennis professional at the Madison (Conn.) Beach Club, Tumble Brook Country Club (Bloomfield, Conn.), and the Manchester (Conn.) Racquet Club.