Dwayne Hultquist FSU Men’s Head Coach
Winningest Coach in FSU History 220 Wins 10 Straight NCAA Appearances 2004-2013
Led team to Elite 8 in 2005
2013 ITA Southeast Head Coach of the Year Coached 3 ACC Players of the Year
Coached 2 Arthur Ashe Award Winners
Coached 15 All-Americans
High Performance Director:
In his 16th season at the helm at Florida State, Dwayne Hultquist has put himself atop the Florida State record books and the Seminoles in the national spotlight.
Under Hultquist’s leadership, Florida State men’s tennis has emerged as one of the top programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the country. When Hultquist took over the Florida State program in 1999, the Seminoles were struggling to compete in the state of Florida, let alone at the Atlantic Coast Conference or national level. But in 16 seasons under Hultquist, FSU has had three ACC Player of the Year recipients, five All-American honors and two national ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners.
In 2011, the squad reached the NCAA tournament for the ninth consecutive season. Vahid Mirzadeh headlined the season as he and Connor Smith were named All-Americans in doubles play, Hultquist’s fourth and fifth athletes to earn that honor. Mirzadeh made a huge impact off the courts as he was named the winner of the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, showcasing his playing abilities, leadership, community service, academic achievements and sportsmanship. Mirzadeh was the lone Seminole to be named to the All-ACC Team.
The 2010 season had the team making the NCAA tournament for the eighth year in a row where they reached the second round of play. Awards started coming in the fall as Clint Bowles was the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Singles Champion. Later in the year, Jean-Yves Aubone was named the ITA Senior Player of the Year and was named to the All-ACC team along with Vahid Mirzadeh. The Seminoles stormed the classrooms that year with seven members of the team being named to the ACC honor roll. Jean-Yves capped the year by being named as the ACC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
For the first time in school history Florida State made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2008 and 2009. 2009 also marked the first time that the Seminoles finished the season ranked inside the top 15 in consecutive seasons (No. 13). Once again Hultquist helped direct his players to career seasons with Maciek Sykut becoming the winningest player in Florida State tennis history in both singles and overall victories. Jean-Yves Aubone also became the first player in school history to become a two-time All-American. The Noles also had three All-ACC performers for the second consecutive season with Aubone, Clint Bowles and Sykut earning those honors. Hultquist also earned his own accolades in 2009 becoming the winningest coach in Florida State tennis history (159), surpassing his predecessor David Barron (141). With 21 victories in 2009, Hultquist won more than 20 in one season for the third time in his career and the second season in a row.
The 2008 season was a year of records for Florida State culminating in a trip to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles achieved their highest ranking in program history at No. 7 and individually saw Jean-Yves Aubone earn the highest singles’ ranking in the school’s history. FSU’s 21 victories marked the second time Hultquist has led his squad to a 20-win season during his tenure. Under the direction of Hultquist, Florida State players rose to new heights in 2008 with Aubone earning singles All-American honors and along with Sam Chang and Clint Bowles All-ACC accolades. Aubone and Bowles also broke the school record for doubles victories in a single season (28).
In 2007 Hultquist led Florida State to a 17-10 record and the Seminoles received their highest ranking at No. 10 during the season. FSU also hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history. Hultquist has also proven himself as one of the best recruiters in the country. In the last two years, he has recruited some of the top high school talent in the nation, evident by Florida State’s top ranked recruiting class in 2006 and the signing of one of the nation’s best in Blue Chip recruit Clint Bowles.
Undoubtedly, year six in the Hultquist era was the best season in school history. For starters, the Seminoles not only made their third straight trip to the national summit, but FSU reached the 2005 NCAA Elite Eight for the first time ever. Florida State also finished with its then highest-ever national ranking at No. 13 and stamped its first 20-plus win season since 1985. Hultquist led his squad to an impressive 21-8 mark and a second-place finish in the ACC. Under Hultquist’s tutelage in 2005, Mat Cloer became the school’s first singles’ All-American and won the program’s first national honor with the ITA Arthur Ashe Award. Hultquist hit the ground running in the fall of 2005 and led his troop to an impressive fall campaign. For the Seminoles’ efforts, Florida State not only earned the school’s first invitation to the 2006 USTA/ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, but also garnered a respectable preseason ranking of No. 11 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
In Hultquist’s fifth season, FSU reached heights it hadn’t seen since the mid 1990’s. Florida State’s second trip to the national summit was their first back-to-back appearances since the 1997-98 campaigns, and they ended the 2004 year ranked for the 11th season in a row with a 10-13 record. Individual honors were also bountiful in 2004 with Mat Cloer claiming his second ACC Player of the Year honor, only the third time in league history that the award has gone to the same player in back-to-back years. Then-freshman Jonathas Sucupira was named to the All-ACC team, a first by an FSU rookie since 1992.
Florida State had a break-out year during Hultquist’s fourth season as the 2003 squad returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 and ended the year with a 15-10 mark. The Seminoles produced their best finish in the ACC standings, taking second, while winning the ACC Indoor Doubles Championship for the second year in a row. Individual accolades rolled in as Hultquist’s former aide, Ty Braswell, was named ITA Assistant Coach of the Year. On the court, Cloer became the first Seminole to earn ACC Player of the Year honors. With a passion for the sport of tennis, Hultquist always wanted to accomplish one thing. That one thing was the desire to become a successful Division I collegiate coach. In the summer of 1999, Hultquist’s hiring as the Seminole head men’s tennis coach culminated a decade-long journey to fulfill his dream.
In his first year, Hultquist brought the Seminoles a winning record of 14-10. In his second year, the men’s team entered the 2001-02 season ranked No. 59 by the ITA. Hultquist arrived at Florida State after serving eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas. While working under legendary coach Dave Snyder, Hultquist became known for his excellent recruiting abilities. He was also responsible for scheduling, fundraising, individualized coaching and many of the day-to-day operations of the program. While at Texas, Hultquist coached nine All-Americans, helped lead the Longhorns to six conference titles and made it to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in each of his eight years.
Hultquist began his tennis career at Penn State where he was a four-year letterman and team captain in 1986. During that same year, he was an NCAA Tournament qualifier in doubles, and earned all-conference honors in both singles and doubles. After graduating from Penn State, Hultquist turned pro, playing in the United States, Israel and Asia. During his career, Hultquist was selected to play on national teams that traveled to Korea and China for competition.
Hultquist’s coaching career began when he started working with USTA in 1988. During his tenure at the USTA, he traveled with the Boy’s National Team to South America as well as the Orange Bowl and Easter Bowl tournaments. In 1991, Hultquist began his collegiate coaching career when he accepted a graduate assistant position at the University of Kentucky, where he was responsible for recruiting and co-directing the National Collegiate Indoor Team Championships.READ MORE
Ryler DeHeart Men's Tennis Associate Head Coach
The former ATP Tour professional spent the past four seasons at Alabama.
Tallahassee – Ryler DeHeart, a five-year ATP professional and four-year assistant at the University of Alabama, was named the men’s tennis Associate Head Coach Tuesday morning, Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist announced.
“I was impressed with Ryler through our entire hiring process,” Hultquist said. “He checked all the boxes in what we expect from our associate head coach – high character guy with a strong playing background, college coaching experience and the ability to develop our student-athletes. We’re excited to have Ryler, Megan and their growing family joining us.”
“Megan and I are excited for this amazing opportunity that presented itself at Florida State,” DeHeart said. “Growing up in Tampa, it was appealing to be back in Florida and closer to home. Florida State has been a consistently strong program since Dwayne took over and I’m excited about the chance to work with him and the players on this team. I enjoyed my time with George [Husack] at Alabama. I learned a lot and I’m excited about this new adventure at FSU.”
During his time at Alabama (2013-16), DeHeart helped lead the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament his first year and coached four All-Americans during his tenure, including the No. 6 doubles team of Korey Lovett and Mazen Osama last season.
DeHeart played four years collegiately at the University of Illinois, helping lead the Illini to an NCAA Championship as a freshman in 2003. A two-time All-American, he continues to hold the all-time singles wins record for the Illini, with 138, and is second and fourth on the single-season wins list with 42 in 2005 and 39 in 2006.
Graduating with a degree in psychology with a premed focus, DeHeart won the ITA Indoor Championship in 2005 and 2006 and was ranked No. 1 in the country in each of those seasons. DeHeart was also named the 2006 ITA Midwest Region Player of the Year, the 2005 and 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year, and was a three-time All-Big Ten selection.
After playing at Illinois, the Kauai, Hawai’i, native played professionally for five years, including an appearance in each of the four Grand Slams. He reached a career-high ranking of 174 in singles and 120 in doubles, and faced the top-ranked player in the world, Rafael Nadal, in the second round of the 2008 US Open.
DeHeart and his wife, Megan, founded the RD Tennis high performance program in Tampa before his stint with the Crimson Tide. The pair have one daughter, Lily.READ MORE
Tassilo Schmid High Performance Development Coach
Singles Record: 20-24 // 16-21 Dual Match // 7-9 SEC
Highest Singles Ranking: 63rd (1/6/15)
Doubles Record: 31-21 // 26-18 Dual Match // 10-8 SEC
Highest Doubles Ranking: 46th (2/24/15)
– Academic All-SEC (2014, 2015)
– 2015 ITA Southern Regional Most Improved Player of the Year
High Performance Coach:
Tassilo comes to us straight off the NCAA and ATP tour. Tassilo has traveled the world playing ITF Junior and ATP Professional events. He was an instrumental leader for the Mississippi State Bulldogs in his career and led them to new heights. We are excited and proud to have Tassilo join our established coaching staff.
- Attended Tyler [TX] Community College prior to joining the Bulldogs, where he was an All-American
- Prior to attending Tyler CC, went to high school at Merz-Schule Private Grundschule und Gymnasium
- Was crucial in helping the Tyler CC Apaches capture the 2013 NJCAA national championship
- The year prior, helped Tyler CC make the NJCAA finals
- Native of Stuttgart, Germany
- Majors in Business and Management
- Has two brothers, Victor (25) and Fabian (29), that both play tennis
- When not playing tennis, enjoys playing basketball, working out, listening to music and watching movies
- Loves to eat real Italian food, hanging out with friends and dogs
- The right hander’s favorite professional players are David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Zach White
- Came to MSU to improve on his game and reach a higher level, while also obtaining his bachelor’s degree.
Natalie Phelps High Performance Coach
Nathalie Phelps is currently the Head Tennis Pro at Killearn Country Club and has been there since 2005. Nathalie has over 15 years of tennis coaching experience at all levels. She has worked with U.S. Sports Nike Tennis Camps early in her career in Lawrenceville NJ, Stanford University, and University of Northern Colorado for over 5 years.
Nathalie played collegiate tennis at Seven-time NCAA D-II National Champion Armstrong Atlantic State University where she earned a degree in Psychology.
She also went on to coach Division-I at Liberty University as the Assistant head coach for the men’s and women’s team at Liberty University where she earned her master’s degree in Counseling.
Megan Fudge Coach
Played #1 Singles and Doubles at the University of Illinois for 4 years
4 time team MVP, 4 time All Big Ten Conference Team
Regional Cissy Leary Sportsmanship Award
Ranked as high as top 50 in the college in singles
Top 200 ITF and top junior tennis player in Germany
Co-Founder and Co-Director of RD Tennis Academy
Former American Christian Academy Head Tennis Coach
Since graduating from Illinois with a Sports Management Degree, Megan has been coaching tennis to players at all levels, from young beginners to college players and adults to high performance tournament players.