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Official Statement Regarding Tennis Program

Official Statement Regarding Tennis Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University Director of Athletics Scott Corley announced Monday a new leadership framework for the Bruin tennis program, with Mauricio Antun being elevated to the position of Director of Tennis.

In this role, Antun will be responsible for overseeing the Belmont men's and women's tennis programs.

"Evaluating the organizational structure of our men's and women's tennis programs has been front of mind for some time," Corley said. "The goal was to ensure that we had the right leadership in place to lead both programs to success on and off the court. After careful consideration, I have named Mauricio Antun the new Director of Tennis. This speaks to Mauricio's leadership capabilities, and the terrific job he has done in advancing the men's program.  I am excited, and highly confident, he will be able to have the same impact on our women's program."

Since being named head men's tennis coach in July 2016, the Bruin program has taken overwhelming strides at the conference, regional and national levels. 

Last spring, Antun led Belmont to nine consecutive match victories, an undefeated league mark, and the 2018 OVC regular season championship. Antun earned OVC Coach of the Year honors, while Hendrik Inno was named OVC Player of the Year. Marko Ilic and Vincent Sterkens also received All-OVC designation.

That momentum carried into the fall, highlighted by Inno and Ilic teaming up to claim the 2018 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals doubles championship at the University of Tennessee, earning placement in the 2018 ITA Fall National Championships. Inno also earned entry into the prestigious ITA Oracle Masters at Pepperdine University to cap the historic fall season.

In the classroom, Belmont men's tennis has posted 50 ITA Scholar-Athletes since 2004.

Antun ranks among the all-time great players in Belmont history. After two seasons at Virginia Tech, the Brazil native was named 2014 OVC Player of the Year in leading the Bruins to the league title. Antun's 79 combined victories between singles and doubles - and .888 career conference winning percentage - top the program record book.

As part of the program restructuring, Michael Mucci has been hired to serve as assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis programs. A native of Grand Island, N.Y., Mucci most recently spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Delaware. Mucci was a four-year letterwinner at Niagara University, where he later directed his alma mater in 2015-16.

"Michael's passion for the game and his experience with both men's and women's programs at the Division I level will definitely help our players develop, as we aim to compete for conference championships on a consistent basis," Antun said.

The Belmont spring campaign opens Jan. 18; the men play at Memphis, while the women face Samford.