IU hires Jeremy Wurtzman as men’s tennis coach

To fill its coaching opening in men’s tennis, Indiana didn’t stray from the conference footprint.

IU announced the hiring of Michigan associate head coach Jeremy Wurtzman on Wednesday, filling a vacancy opened by the firing of former coach Randy Bloemendaal in late November.

Wurtzman, a former Ohio State player, arrived at Michigan in 2013 after serving four years as head coach of the University of Denver’s women’s program.

“I feel very fortunate and honored to lead this team.” Wurtzman said in a statement. “I want to thank (athletic director) Fred Glass, (Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications and IU’s tennis search committee lead) Jeremy Gray and Indiana University for this opportunity. I think Indiana is an elite academic and athletic institution and I look forward to continuing the tradition it has. Having played in the Big Ten, It has always been a dream of mine to be a head coach in the Big Ten and I’m eager to get started and build this program in the years to come.”

Wurtzman was named the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Denver to an 18-4 record and an 8-0 mark in conference play. Prior to becoming head coach at Denver, Wurtzman spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant at his alma mater, helping the Buckeyes to the Big Ten regular-season title, the Big Ten Tournament title and an NCAA Finals appearance.

A three-time All-Big Ten player at Ohio State, Wurtzman finished his college career with a 132-45 singles record before enjoying a career on the ATP World Tour, where he captured a top-30 American professionaly singles ranking, nine pro circuit doubles titles and was a three-time pro circuit singles finalist.

Bloemendaal was fired on Nov. 21 after an internal investigation determined he had violated department policies, among other secondary NCAA rules violations. In reporting his dismissal, IU officials said Bloemendaal’s violations related to summer workout sessions, voluntary activities and required down time. Indiana’s investigation also revealed that Bloemendaal attempted to interfere with players who tired to report potential NCAA violations to compliance staffers.