Aug 16, 2013
Air Force men’s tennis coach Dan Oosterhous announced today that Jeff Nevolo has been promoted to associate head coach. Nevolo is in his second season with the Falcons this fall, having joined the program as an assistant coach prior to the 2012-13 season.
Nevolo took over the reins of the program in March of 2013 after Oosterhous suffered two strokes and led the Falcons throughout the rest of the season. Nevolo helped Air Force finish the season ranked ninth in the Mountain Region, the program’s best final ranking since 2005. In addition, Lance Wilhelm became the first Falcon since Shannon Buck in 2006 to achieve a national ranking, finishing the campaign 78th nationally and fourth in the Mountain Region. Wilhelm also paired with Grant Taylor for a No. 5 regional ranking in doubles. Wilhelm received All-Mountain West honors for singles and doubles along with Taylor for the second consecutive year.
"From March 1 of last season, Jeff proved he can lead this team and did a tremendous job as the acting head coach,” said Oosterhous, who returned to his duties as head coach earlier this month. “Taking over on short notice in my absence, he handled everything from recruiting to scheduling to travel while developing our players under his leadership. This promotion for Jeff is well-deserved.”
Nevolo, who spent one season as an assistant coach with the University of Alabama men’s tennis program prior to joining the Falcons’ staff, helped the Crimson Tide to a 10-15 record and players Jarryd Botha and Ricky Doverspike advance to the round of 16 at the 2012 NCAA Doubles Championships. Prior to his coaching experience at Alabama, Nevolo was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Ball State, for two seasons.
Nevolo, a native of Gurnee, Ill., earned a bachelor’s degree in sport administration in 2009 and began his coaching stint for the Cardinals in the fall of ‘09 as a volunteer assistant before earning a promotion to assistant coach in the fall of 2010. During the spring of 2011, Nevolo helped Ball State capture the Mid-American Conference title for the first time since 2005, which gave the Cardinals an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. As an undergraduate, Nevolo served as team manager and team stringer, where he maintained the rackets, assisted in practices and managed expenses for away matches. He also earned a master’s degree in executive development for public service from Ball State in 2011.
Aside from coaching at Ball State, Nevolo was also a tennis teaching professional at The Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Ind., and the Muncie Family YMCA in Muncie, Ind. He and his wife, Diana, were married in July of 2013.