After five seasons as head coach of the Michigan men’s
tennis team, Mark Mees resigned on Thursday. Mees led the
Wolverines to a 65-48 record, including three NCAA tournament
appearances.

“Leaving the Michigan tennis program is difficult since
the entire University of Michigan Athletic Department means a great
deal to my family and especially to me,” Mees said.

“But my resignation has lifted a heavy burden off my
shoulders as I look to enter a new phase in my life outside of
coaching. The time away from the tennis court gives me an
opportunity to spend more time with my wife and two children, which
is something I truly value and cherish.”

Mees’s decision surprised the team.

“(Mees’s resignation) was a surprise to me,”
said outgoing senior captain Anthony Jackson. “I thought Mark
would be here a really long time.”

The Wolverines finished with a 13-9 record this season, a
four-match turnaround from a year ago. The Wolverines have every
player returning next season except Jackson, one of Mees’s
first recruits.

Michigan had a young team this year. All three freshmen —
Ryan Heller, Brian Hung and Steve Peretz — spent the season
in the starting lineup and compiled a 40-19 dual-match record.

“Some of the freshman, they were quite surprised,”
said Jackson. “They really enjoyed Mark’s presence and
they thought he would be there for the next four years. Its kind of
like a curveball thrown at them right now. People don’t know
how to really respond. Now they have to start all over
again.”

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