Coach Adam Summitt of Des Moines, IA, has been selected as Ottawa University's head men's and women's tennis coach, effective July 28, 2014.
Summitt comes to OU from Grand View University (IA), where he served the past two years as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach. Under his assistance, both teams improved dramatically, moving from 0-10 in their inaugural season to 9-10 and 10-9 for the men and women, respectively. Summitt also helped produce Grand View’s first regionally ranked players. In 2014, he was selected as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA Men's Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Summitt also sought opportunities beyond the university to further the sport and train young athletes. He taught as a tennis professional at Des Moines Golf Country Club, where he was in charge of the Elite Tournament Team Clinic, assisted in all other junior clinics, and taught private lessons. He previously served as a tennis professional at Wakonda Country Club, Seven Flags Racquet and Fitness Club, and Aspen Athletic Clubs.
“I believe we have found an excellent fit and coach to lead our programs,” says OU Director of Athletics Arabie Conner. “Adam is incredibly energetic and innovative in his approach to coaching, and I can’t wait to see the impact he has on our players and our program.”
Coach Summitt graduated from Simpson College (IA) where he played #1 singles and doubles. He was a four-year letter winner, three-time team MVP and two-year team captain. He earned a B.A. in Sports Administration with a double minor in Coaching and Management and is currently completing his master’s degree in coaching education with Ohio University.
"I am extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity Arabie Conner has given me to coach at Ottawa University,” says Summitt. “The future is very bright for OU tennis, and I look forward to building a winning tradition here.”