July 2, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Former University of Nevada tennis standout Guillaume Tonelli has been named head women's tennis coach, Director of Athletics Cary Groth announced Monday.
Tonelli had been serving as Nevada's interim head coach during the 2011-12 season and was named to the role permanently after a national search this spring.
"We are thrilled to have Guillaume Tonelli take over our women's tennis program," Groth said. "Guillaume was clearly the best candidate during our search, and we are confident that he will be able to build on the successes he has had as a student-athlete and coach as he takes the Wolf Pack women's tennis program to the next level."
This fall, Tonelli will be entering his eighth year at the University of Nevada after a two-year playing career and five seasons as a coach. He spent four seasons as an assistant coach for both the Wolf Pack men's and women's tennis programs from 2007-11 and one year as interim coach in 2011-12.
During his playing career with the Wolf Pack, Tonelli won 30 singles matches and 15 doubles matches. He went 15-10 in singles play as a junior in 2005-06 and then recorded a 15-14 record as a senior in 2006-07.
A native of Valenciennes, France, Tonelli started his collegiate career at Tyler (Texas) Junior College in where he won nationals in 2003-04 and finished second the following year. He was an Academic All-American both years at Tyler and was a two-time Academic All-WAC selection at Nevada.
Tonelli graduated from the University of Nevada in 2008 with his bachelor's degree in international business and a minor in economics. He also earned his master's in business administration from the University of Nevada in 2011.
"I am very grateful and excited to become the women's tennis head coach at the University of Nevada. This institution has taught me a lot and I am thrilled to be part of it as a coach," Tonelli said. "After playing and earning two degrees here, I am honored to be part of the Wolf Pack family and cannot wait for the next season to start. It has been a dream come true to me.
"Moving into the Mountain West is a great opportunity, and having three new players on the team next year will make a huge difference. The community in the Reno area is very supportive, and we cannot wait to show the community what we are about."