Parker Ross, a former tennis standout for the Bulldogs, has been hired as men’s tennis coach at Butler University. The 2006 BU alum has spent the past two seasons as men’s assistant coach under long-time head coach Jason Suscha.
Ross, a native of Libertyville, Ill., began his college tennis career at the University of Iowa before transferring to Butler in 2004. He was twice named second team All-Horizon League as a player and was a co-captain on two Butler teams that won league championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In his two seasons at Butler, Ross posted a 36-29 singles record and a 39-27 doubles record.
"It is an honor and privilege to be named the head men’s tennis coach at my alma mater,” Ross said. “I’d like to thank our athletics administrators as well as Jason Suscha for their help and guidance. I learned a great deal from Jason both as a player and an assistant coach. His knowledge, charisma and passion for the game will be greatly missed at Butler. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to help our program maintain the success it achieved under Jason.
“ I look forward to making the most of this tremendous opportunity."
Ross takes over the men’s tennis program at Butler after stints as a coach at Five Seasons Tennis Club and the Lawrence Township Tennis Association in Indianapolis. While at Five Seasons, he managed and organized junior tennis player programs and he mentored high school players in the USTA Junior circuit. At Lawrence Township, he coached children and introduced the sport to beginning players.
Ross replaces Suscha, a five-time Horizon League Coach of the Year who coached Butler to nine conference championships. In his 15 seasons leading the men’s tennis program, Suscha compiled a 202-169 record and an 84-19 mark against Horizon League opponents.
"We are very excited to announce Parker Ross as the head men's tennis coach at Butler," Athletic Director Barry Collier said. "Parker has great vision for our men's program and his passion, experience and love for Butler will be obvious as he leads the team."
The 2012-13 Butler men’s tennis team will feature five returning starters from this season’s team, all of whom were freshmen this past season.