Aug 30, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -
Michael Louis, a four-year letterwinner for the UConn men's tennis team and a six-year assistant coach for the Huskies, has been named the UConn men's tennis head coach.
Glenn Marshall, who has been serving as head coach of both the men's and women's teams as the Director of UConn Tennis, will continue to coach the women's team and oversee Louis on the men's side.
"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 has spent the last two years as the head coach of both the men's and women's teams at the University of Hartford. "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.
"Coaching at Hartford was a great experience for me," Louis said. "It was wonderful to have those two years to grow into the head coaching role, in terms of making decisions and learning to trust your decision-making.
"Nothing really prepares you to be a head coach. You think you understand what it takes to be a head coach until you are actually in those shoes. I had the opportunity to coach alongside Glenn for six years and learn from him, but nothing prepares you like actually being a head coach."
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 Marshall from 2005-07 as he earned his master's degree in Sports Management and Sociology. From 2007-2010, he was Marshall's fulltime 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 fiancé Maureen McKeon, 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.