The Cardinals’ men’s tennis program has a new and old face at the helm. This summer, the North Central College athletic department announced the hiring of Nick DeFalco ‘09 as the new head coach of the men's tennis program.
“I am thrilled and humbled by (athletic director) Jim Miller ‘86 offering me the position,” says DeFalco. “It was a position I was hoping for in the future and I couldn't be more excited to accept it.”
DeFalco was a four-year member of the men's tennis team. He has served as a transfer admission counselor at North Central since the fall of 2011, experience that will benefit him in recruiting prospective student-athletes. He is also enrolled in the College’s Master of Leadership Studies program.
“The biggest thing in recruiting is first getting students and parents on campus,” says DeFalco. “The school sells itself, once they get on campus and begin to learn about the stellar academic opportunities, different clubs and activities. And knowing the needs of prospective students will definitely help me out. Being able to satisfy financial, academic and social needs are important at the Division III level.”
He currently serves as a tennis pro at Courts Plus Racket Club in Elmhurst, IL, where he is responsible for creating lesson plans, supervising students and junior coaches, and teaching tennis in high performance classes. He also served as head tennis coach for the junior varsity team and varsity assistant at York Community High School in Elmhurst from 2009 to 2011.
“The one thing I’ve really missed about coaching at York is the team aspect of the game. I enjoy giving personal lessons, but you don't get the same interaction as you do in a team setting and that is something I am excited to return to,” says DeFalco. “I attended a few practices and matches at North Central last season, so I've met the team and seen them play. We are only losing one senior, so we have a good group of talented players coming back next season.”