UNK hires assistant tennis coach, Bauer excited about men’s reinstatement

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Published: Jun. 8, 2023 at 10:36 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Nebraska Kearney head tennis coach Scott Shafer announced today that Caleb Diller is the Lopers new assistant coach.

The native of Waco, Texas, will start his duties on July 1 and assist Shafer in all aspects of the men’s and women’s programs.

”Caleb is very familiar with the challenge of bringing in all new student-athletes and implementing a team philosophy and identity from day one,” said Shafer. “He is articulate, enthusiastic and has a love for tennis, especially the college format.”

Diller comes to UNK after serving as a volunteer coach at Division II Lubbock (Texas) Christian for almost two years. During his tenure with the Chaparrals, LCU started both men’s and women’s tennis. The 2022-23 year was the first competitive season for the Chaps who posted 12-10 (men) and 14-11 (women) overall records. The UNK women beat LCU, 5-2, early last fall.

”Caleb stood out given his recent involvement in LCU’s formation of brand-new men’s and women’s tennis programs,” said Shafer. “In addition to helping get our men’s program up and running, Caleb will assist with the women’s team as well.”

The women finished last year ranked 50th by the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) and was ranked inside the Top 50 all season. All of our starters return, and we’ll also welcome the addition of incoming freshmen Fabiana Gamboa (Venezuela) and Julia Wartecka (Poland).

”Working as an assistant pro at The Falls Tennis & Aquatic Club in Lubbock, Diller also was a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Division II Shorter (Ga.) University, for 1.5 years. His other tennis experience came at the Coosa C.C. (Ga.) where he was a tennis coach for almost three years.

Diller began his playing career at Division III Sul Ross (Texas) State before finishing up at Shorter in 2020. He holds a B.S. degree from SU in Wildlife Ecology/Biology.

Both UNK teams will report to campus in August with the fall schedule, still to be announced, beginning in September.