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PUEBLO, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo head women's tennis coach, Brad Gerler, has resigned his position, Director of Athletics Joe Folda announced Friday.
Gerler coached the ThunderWolves for three seasons (2011-13), helping CSU-Pueblo to improve each season. In his first season, the ThunderWolves finished last in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, but steadily improved each year, finishing 5th in 2012 and 4th in 2013, the team's highest finish since winning the RMAC in 2006.
This past season, the ThunderWolves' high finish was accomplished with a roster of mostly freshmen, which netted four All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selections.
"I'd like to thank Brad for his outstanding service to our women's tennis program," Folda said. "Our women's tennis program was going through some tough times when he was hired and he brought some stability to our program that will hopefully carry on into the future."
"I want to sincerely thank CSU-Pueblo for the opportunity," Gerler said. "The experience I have had has been nothing short of amazing. But most importantly, I am grateful to have had the chance to spend so much time with the fine young women on the tennis team. They have inspired me and given me faith that our future is in good hands."
Gerler's resignation comes in advance of a potential re-organization of the tennis programs at CSU-Pueblo.
"We are looking into moving toward having a full-time coach for both the men's and women's programs," Folda said. "This follows the model used by our competitors in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and should allow us to be more competitive in the future."
Folda said the plans for the structure and leadership of the tennis programs will be announced soon.
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