BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College Director of Athletics Tim Curry recently announced the addition of Roscoe Moonieyan to the tennis coaching staff as the associate head coach.
Moonieyan is no stranger to Union as he played tennis and soccer for the Bulldogs and served as an assistant tennis coach for two seasons.
"We are pleased to welcome Roscoe back to Union," said Curry. "He was a part of our tennis program during its most successful period, and we hope that alongside (head coach) Bob Duricko, Roscoe to help build a strong foundation for our programs in this new era of Union tennis."
A 2009 graduate of Union, Moonieyan played four seasons for the Bulldogs and helped them to six total Appalachian Athletic Conference championships (regular-season and tournament) and three berth to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. He was twice named to the Academic All-Conference Team and was an All-AAC Team member in 2009.
Moonieyan then served as an assistant for the Union men's and women's tennis programs for two years with the men sweeping both the regular-season and tournament conference titles each year and advancing to the national tournament. In 2011, he was named the ITA NAIA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
"I am excited to be back at home," said Moonieyan. "I look forward to helping rebuilding this program which has already given me so much."
After Union suspended the tennis programs following the 2011 season, Moonieyan founded "Tenacity Academy," a tennis academy in his hometown of East London, South Africa. The academy is East London's first-ever tennis academy to be international linked and networked to other coaches and countries.
Moonieyan returned to the United States in 2012 when he was hired as the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The UAH men's program made school history as it advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships and won its first-ever national tournament match. The program also received its highest ranking ever at No. 41 and set the school record for most wins.
For his part in UAH's success, Moonieyan was named the 2012 ITA NCAA DII South Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Tennis is making its return at Union following a two-year hiatus. The tennis programs were suspended following the 2011 season. Prior to the recent hiatus, the men's tennis program had won five AAC regular-season championships, four AAC tournament championships, two region titles and made five trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. The women's program amassed four AAC regular-season championships, three AAC tournament crowns, two region championships and five berths to the NAIA National Championship Tournament.
The Bulldog and Lady Bulldog tennis teams will again compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. With the reinstatement of the tennis programs, Union now offers 23 intercollegiate athletic programs.