Al Wermer enters his 13th season as the head men’s tennis coach at the University of Toledo. Wermer’s dedication to recruiting and training of student-athletes makes him one of the most respected coaches in the Midwest. Wermer has continued to usher in student-athletes that will help improve the men’s tennis program at UT and bring it back up to the top of the Mid-American Conference.
Coach Wermer is a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I Midwest Men’s Regional Committee, and will take over as regional Chairman in 2007. He just released two tennis instructional videos: "Fearless and Focused! Doubles Drills" and "Get Better Today! Singles Drills." He also serves as Tournament Director of The Division I 2005-07 ITA National Indoors, hosted at Ohio State. Coach Wermer is a founding board member of a USTA/Toledo Community Tennis Association, initiating new campus/community tennis programs. He was named 2006 USPTA Coach of the year and also received the ITA Midwest Award for Community service.
While at Toledo, Wermer has enhanced recruiting, scheduling, facilities, community involvement and developed UT into one of the most comprehensive and consistent mid-major programs in the Midwest. "It’s very exciting for us here now," said Wermer. "Our recent upgrades to the program include a full compliment of scholarships, a better budget and renovations to our outdoor tennis facility."
A graduate of Capital University with a degree in physical education, Wermer also began his collegiate coaching career with the Crusaders in 1992. Wermer is a former USPTA Midwest Board Member and club coach in Columbus, OH and has coached many individuals who have attained regional and national rankings. Before entering coaching, he played a season on the professional circuit. Wermer possesses over 24 years of coaching experience, including 12 at the collegiate level. He has produced over 100 articles on tennis, coaching and instruction, and has spoken at numerous national and regional tennis coaches’ conventions. He has coached at various USTA national and regional tennis programs, the Junior Davis Cup, USTA zonals and area training centers.
Wermer has been married to former Nancy Cary for 10 years. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking and traveling. In December of 2004, Wermer graduated from UT with a masters of arts in recreation and leisure studies.