(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans Director of Athletics and Wellness Dr. Michael Giorlando announced the hiring of Chad Mann as head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Mann joins the Wolf Pack after working as the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of the Ozarks. He is the second tennis coach since Loyola reinstated the women’s program in 2009-10 and the men’s team in 2010-11.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the tennis programs at Loyola,” said Mann. “I would like to thank Dr. Giorlando, Associate Athletic Director Brett Simpson and the search committee for the faith they have placed in my abilities to guide these teams. My desire to lead the men and women’s tennis teams and share my experiences with them will foster a wonderful environment for all who are a part of our tennis program.”
In his two seasons at the Ozarks, Mann assisted in coaching and recruiting, managing budgets, fundraising, organizing practices, making travel arrangements and event management. Additionally, he acted as an instructor for the Physical Education Department, teaching Tennis I and II.
“We were impressed by Chad’s knowledge, preparation, and enthusiasm during the interview process,” said Dr. Giorlando. “He brings a wealth of experience as a coach and a player. His ability to recruit talented student athletes will be an asset to our program and the University. We look forward to him joining our team.”
Prior to his career at the Ozarks, Mann spent the 2007-2008 season as a student coach with the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB) tennis team where he aided in recruiting, leading practice drills and maintaining team equipment. A UMHB alum, Mann was a member of the Crusaders varsity tennis team from 2006-2008.
From 1999-2003, Mann served in the United States Army as a military intelligence imagery ground station operator. He was responsible for supervising and participating in detecting, locating and tracking ground targets.
“I look forward to working closely with Loyola faculty, staff and alumni,” Mann added. “It’s an honor to be a part of the Wolf Pack and I look forward to continued success for our student athletes in the classroom and on the court.”
Mann graduated from UMHB with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science and English. Additionally, he earned a United States Professional Tennis Association Certification.