Michael Raymond returns for his second year as the men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of Hartford. Raymond also serves as a compliance assistant for the Department of Athletics.
In his first year with the Hawks, Raymond coached four Intercollegiate Tennis Association scholar-athletes, and had the women’s team receive ITA academic achievement honors, for a team GPA of 3.2 or better.
Raymond came to Hartford after serving as an assistant coach at Allegheny College for the past three years. During his stint at Allegheny, he helped elevate the status of both tennis programs in the nationally-recognized North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III). Last year, he helped coach the men’s program to third place in the NCAC, its highest finish since 1995. Between both programs Raymond coached eight All-NCAC singles players and one All-NCAC doubles team. He also played an integral role in the recruitment of several sectional and nationally ranked players, and served as the advisor of the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Prior to his time at Allegheny, Raymond served as the graduate assistant coach of the men's and women's tennis programs at Western New England College in Springfield, MA, his alma mater. He helped lead the men's team to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship in 2003 and duplicated the feat with the women's squad the following fall, a first for that program. Raymond also has experience coaching as an assistant tennis professional at the Ausable Club in Keene Valley, NY and is a certified PTR teaching professional.
As a player, Raymond earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tennis Player of the Year honors as a senior and was also honored as the WNEC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year after helping the Golden Bears to the GNAC Tournament title. One of the top players in WNEC history, he served as team captain his final season and compiled a career record of 86-26, ranking him first on the school's all-time win list.
Active in the athletic community at Western New England, Raymond was the first student-athlete in school history to serve on the National Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (as vice chair) and was president of the Sport Management Association.
A 2002 graduate of Western New England, Raymond earned a degree in sports management before completing his master's in business administration at his alma mater. Raymond is a native of Vernon, CT and currently resides in West Hartford.