DENTON North Texas head tennis coach Sujay Lama is proud to announce the addition of assistant coach Jeff Maren.
Maren joins the North Texas Tennis program with an impressive resume that includes a successful playing career and over 20 years of coaching experience.
Maren, named the 2005 Tennis Professional of the Year by the USTA of Southern Kentucky, has developed a knack for pioneering programs from the ground up. He not only started the women’s tennis program at his alma mater, Thomas More College, from 1989-91, but also built the Brescia University team from scratch from 1992-95.
“Jeff is a person of great integrity, who will bring an unmatched work ethic to North Texas Tennis,” Lama said. “He has tremendous passion, enthusiasm and knowledge for the game. Together we will get this program back on track and take it to new heights.”
As the head pro at the Country Club of Paducah from 1998 to 2000, Maren continued teaching the sport to all levels. He went on to serve as the Director of Tennis at Paducah until 2005.
Maren began his impressive playing career in style, earning All-America honors in 1985 while attending Owensboro Catholic High School in Kentucky.
He went on to star for four seasons at Thomas More, where he qualified for the NAIA National Championships each year and earned a national ranking as a senior.
“I am very excited to be a part of the North Texas program and to be able to work with such an established coach as coach Lama,” Maren said. “I think, together, we can inject an extra dose of passion that can kick start this program in the right direction.”
As an amateur, Maren was consistently ranked in the national top 25 polls as lately as 2002. He reached his peak in 1992, when he was ranked as the top amateur in the state of Kentucky.
Maren received his bachelor’s degree from Thomas More in 1989.