MIWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Former Wisconsin Lutheran College men's tennis standout Ryan Sallmann has been named head coach of the Warriors women's tennis program, Director of Athletics Skip Noon has announced. Sallmann replaces Pam Tullberg, who served for nine seasons as WLC's head coach.
"I'm excited to be coaching a team with such immense potential," said Sallmann. "With so many players returning, I'm expecting great things this season and look forward to starting practices."
Becoming just the third head coach in program history, Sallmann joins the Warriors after recently accepting a tennis pro position at Lake Country Racquet & Athletic Club in Hartland.
Sallmann brings over five years of coaching experience to the Warriors. His background includes serving as an assistant coach for the Warriors men's tennis program as well as the Waukesha West High School boys and girls varsity tennis teams. Sallmann has also worked for the Waukesha Tennis Association and the Milwaukee Tennis Education Foundation.
"We're excited to have Ryan leading our women's tennis program," said Noon. "We have a solid core of returning players and look forward to a positive future for the program."
A two-time All-NACC Doubles and one-time All-NACC Singles selection, Sallmann played three seasons (2012-2014) for the Warriors. He collected 24 career doubles victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, boasting the highest winning percentage (.585) among any doubles player in program history. Sallmann also posted 19 career singles wins, playing primarily at the No. 2 position. As a senior in 2014, Sallmann and the fourth-seeded Warriors won three NACC Tournament matches to earn the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. He graduated from WLC in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in communicative arts.
At Waukesha West High School, Sallmann played two seasons for the Wolverines and was a WIAA Division I State Tournament qualifier and Honorable Mention All-State performer.
In her nine seasons as head coach, Tullberg amassed 71 coaching wins and guided the Warriors to their first NCAA Tournament after winning both the NACC regular season and conference tournament title in 2011-2012. The following year, Wisconsin Lutheran finished runner-up with a 10-1 league mark. Tullberg mentored back-to-back NACC Player of the Year Kaitlyn Strehlow and coached six different players who received a total of 12 all-conference honors.