Head men’s tennis coach Lonnie Isaac begins his 1st season at Sterling and 16th overall at the collegiate level. Prior to coming to Sterling, Isaac was the head coach at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas for the men’s and women’s tennis programs. At Bethel Isaac coached the women’s team to compete in eight straight KCAC Championships, winning six in a row from 2008-2013 and qualified for the NAIA National Tennis Championships five times. The women’s team won 37 straight KCAC dual matches between 2008-2014 and the men’s team also played in the KCAC Championship match in 2007 and 2010. His overall women’s coaching record is 163-100 (76-26 in the KCAC) and his overall men’s record stands at 115-122 (57-47 in KCAC the KCAC).
At Bethel Isaac coached 57 KCAC All-Academic athletes, as well as 28 NAIA Academic-All Americans. He also coached 37 All-KCAC women’s tennis players and 18 All-KCAC men’s tennis players. In addition, Isaac had five players named KCAC Freshman of the Year and seven named KCAC Player of the Year.
Before returning to coach the Threshers, he coached at Tabor College form 2001-2006, winning the KCAC men’s championship in 2003. There, he coached 21 All-KCAC Academic players, while having 16 athletes named NAIA Academic All-Americans. He also had 16 women and 12 men named All-KCAC, as well as having the 2005 KCAC Freshman of the Year.
Isaac started his coaching career at Hillsboro High School from 1995 until 2001, where he sent numerous players to the class 3-2-1A State Tennis Championships. During his time there, he was named the Kansas Coaches Association Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year in 1999 and the Class 3-2-1A Overall Coach of the Year in 2001.
As a player at Bethel, Isaac was a member on the 1989 men’s tennis team who won the first of 10 straight KCAC Championships. His team was inducted into the Bethel College Hall of Fame in 2004. He continues to serve as a tournament director for USTA junior tournaments and this past summer coached a Kansas District Tennis Association 14&U team that won the KDTA and placed third at the Missouri Valley Tennis Association Team Tennis Sectionals.
Coach Isaac and his wife Tracy live in Hesston, Kansas, and have three children, Tessa, Rhain, and Logan
B.S. HPER from Bethel College – 1993
M.ED in Sports Management from Wichita State University – 2010
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