The Spring Hill College Department of Athletics has named Michael Kreider as the interim head coach of its men's and women tennis programs.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Kreider played college tennis at the University of Buffalo where he compiled an individual record of 46-4 and earned a national ranking in doubles play. Named the team's MVP as a freshman, he played the No. 1 singles position as a sophomore.
He transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he earned his Bachelors degree in Political Science in 1994.
"I am pleased that we were able to find someone with Michael's background and abilities in the middle of the academic year," said SHC Director of Athletics Jim Hall. "Michael's passion to help players improve and his understanding of the technical and mental aspects of the sport will be a valuable asset to our tennis program. I believe our players will benefit immediately under his leadership."
Kreider earned his certification from the United States Professional Tennis Association in 1991. At the time, he was one of the youngest professionals to receive the association's highest P1 status.
"College coaching is the one thing in tennis that I haven't done in my career," Kreider said, "I'm looking forward to the opportunity because this is something I've always wanted to do. Improving players at this age and skill level is always exciting."
Currently the Tennis Director at Mirror Lake Tennis Club in Mobile, Kreider has coached all levels of players on the junior circuit with many earning collegiate scholarships. In 2000, he led Cottage Hill Christian School to an Alabama State Championship in the program's inaugural season.
Kreider takes the reins at SHC following the resignation of Hans Laub who guided the Badgers for the past four years. Laub stepped aside this fall to focus on his fulltime occupation as the Managing Tennis Professional of Oakwood Swim and Racquet Club and to allow him more time with his family.