Head Coach Scott Thielke
Scott Thielke enters his eleventh season at Kenyon College with a lengthy list of impressive accomplishments, including seven North Coast Athletic Conference 'Coach of the Year' awards and an overall coaching record of 559-224 (.714).
Thielke began his career at Kenyon in the 1985-86 school year. He coached both the men's and women's teams through four seasons, posting a combined 45-20 record with the men and a 66-9 record with the women. In that time, he directed the Ladies to three straight Final Four appearances and a national runner-up finish in both the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
Thielke then moved on to accept a position at his alma mater, the University of South Alabama, where he coached for another four seasons before taking on a similar position at Colgate University. In eight seasons of coaching at the Division I level, Thielke racked up a combined record of 146-54 with men's teams and a combined record of 108-59 with women's teams. He was also the recipient of three Patriot League ''Coach of the Year' awards, and two Sun Belt Conference 'Coach of the Year' awards.
In the 1997-98 school year, Thielke returned to Kenyon to coach both the men's and women's teams. Upon his return, he guided the Ladies to another national runner-up finish. His current coaching record at Kenyon is 153-42 with the women's team and 123-56 with the men's team.
Throughout his 17 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Thielke has instructed seven All-American players and has coached players from 15 different countries. The Kenyon women's teams has won eight NCAC Championships under Thielke and has also gone on to compete in the NCAA National Championship Tournament for the last 16 consecutive seasons. This past season, he guided both the Kenyon men's and women's teams to appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Thielke graduated from South Alabama in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and later went on to earn his master's degree in recreational administration. His collegiate playing career included a #64 ranking from the NCAA in his senior year, along with a #5 ranking from the Southern Tennis Association and a #3 ranking in Alabama. He was a Sun Belt Conference singles and doubles champion and was a member of the National Invitational Tournament team in 1982.
Additionally, Thielke has plenty of experience at the professional level, where he played in events throughout the United States and overseas in 1982 and 1983. In the summer of 1995 he was USTA National Coach for the ETA and in 1996 he was an information coordinator for tennis players and coaches in the Atlanta Olympics.