Sept. 19, 2012
Jeff Nevolo has been hired as an assistant coach for the Air Force men's tennis program, according to head coach Dan Oosterhous. Nevolo spent last season as an assistant coach with the University of Alabama men's tennis program.
Nevolo helped Alabama to a 10-15 record and Crimson Tide 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.
"I expect Coach Nevolo to make an instant impact on our program," said Oosterhous. "It is very exciting bringing new members into our Air Force family and Jeff is very ready to get to work making our team better. He has learned from great coaches at Ball State and Alabama and seems eager to begin his journey with the Falcons."
Nevolo, a native of Gurnee, Ill., earned a bachelor's degree in sport administration in 2009 and began his coaching stint for Ball State in the fall of `09 as a volunteer assistant before being promoted 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.
"I would like to thank everyone involved in the hiring process for this amazing opportunity," said Nevolo. "Working at the United States Air Force Academy is both an honor and a privilege. I am excited to help our student-athletes achieve all that they are capable of on the court and in the classroom."
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.