By Jake Lourim, Summer Managing Sports Editor
Published May 12, 2014
Saturday, the Michigan men’s tennis team lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
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Monday night, the school announced that match would be Bruce Berque’s last as head coach.
Berque exits after 10 seasons with a 159-104 record, including 66-25 in Big Ten play and 32-23 in the last two seasons.
The athletic department declined to comment on the nature of his departure.
“We won’t discuss personnel matters or decisions publicly,” said athletic department spokesman Dave Ablauf.
Berque could not be reached for comment.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years at Michigan and the interaction that I’ve had with great student-athletes that competed for our team on the court and in the classroom,” said Berque in a statement. “I wish everyone associated with Michigan Athletics and the men's tennis program all the best in the future.”
Berque, the third-longest tenured coach in the history of the program, reached the NCAA Tournament for the last nine of his 10 seasons. But he reached the third round only once and never advanced further.
His teams finished in the top four of the Big Ten in eight of his 10 seasons but never won a conference championship. Michigan finished sixth this season at 6-5.
This year’s team finished the regular season ranked 37th and lost to No. 29 Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA Championships, 4-2. The Wolverines featured All-Big Ten junior Alex Petrone but took a step back after losing three-time All-American Evan King after last season.
King was one of three All-Americans Berque coached, the other two being doubles partners Matko Maravic and Brian Hung in 2007. King also reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships last season and won more combined singles and doubles matches than any other player in program history.