Tonelli replaces Sylvain Malroux as the head coach of the women's tennis team this season.
He assumes the interim position after spending four years as an assistant coach with the Wolf Pack program while he finished his education. After his two-year playing career with Nevada men's tennis, Tonelli served as an undergraduate assistant coach to the women's tennis program for the 2007-08 season. He also helped both the Wolf Pack men's and women's teams in each of the last three seasons.
"I am excited for the opportunity to be the interim women's tennis coach," Tonelli said. "Being a part of this program is something that I have always cherished."
During his playing career with the Wolf Pack, Tonelli won 30 singles matches and 15 doubles matches. He went 15-10 in singles play as a junior in 2005-06 and then recorded a 15-14 record as a senior in 2006-07. Despite playing in the program for only two years, Tonelli ranks 11th all-time in Nevada in career singles victories, a spot he shares with former men's coach Chad Stoloff.
"I want to expand the reach of tennis as a whole in the Reno-Tahoe area," Tonelli said. "It is my goal to make the community an integral part of the Nevada tennis program."
A native of Valenciennes, France, Tonelli started his collegiate career at Tyler (Texas) Junior College in where he won nationals in 2003-04 and finished second the following year. He was an Academic All-American both years at Tyler and was a two-time Academic All-WAC selection at Nevada.
Tonelli graduated from the University of Nevada in 2008 with his bachelor's degree in international business and a minor in economics. He also earned his master's in business administration from Nevada in 2011.
goes through our players' minds."