A native of New Zealand, Ian Crookenden brings an extensive resume to Hawks Hill, including an accomplished coach, teacher and player with top-level international experience. He comes to Saint Joseph's after serving for close to 11 years as the director of tennis at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Crookenden was the head men's tennis coach and indoor tennis club director at Wake Forest University from 1984 to 1996. In 12 years as men's head coach, he totalled 160 victories. He also served as the head women's tennis coach there for three seasons.
Crookenden was a two-time NCAA Champion in doubles while at UCLA, winning the 1965 title by pairing with Arthur Ashe, and the 1966 title with Charlie Pasarell. He also earned All-America honors for three consecutive years and captained the Bruins in his senior season, 1967.
He is a contributing author of two guides published by the United States Professional Tennis Association and has served on various committees for the NCAA, the United States Tennis Association and the USPTA.
Crookenden was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.