RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Men's Tennis has named R.J. Nagel as an assistant coach for the 2018-19 season.
Nagel, a South African native, begins his first year as an assistant tennis coach at VCU following a six-year stint as an assistant tennis coach at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. During his tenure at ULM, he ran the training program, led the individual and team practices and assisted in recruitment.
"We're really excited to have R.J. with us at VCU. He's going to be a great addition to our staff. He's passionate about tennis and dedicated and willing to go the extra mile for VCU," Head Coach Anthony Rossi said.
At ULM, Nagel recently guided the Warhawks to a Sunbelt Conference Tournament Championship in 2017 and a top 50 ITA ranking. In addition, he led them to the tournament semifinals in 2018.
Under Nagel, the Warhawks peaked at No. 46 in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings during the 2011 season, it was ULM's first national ranking since 2003. In 2012, he helped lead the Warhawks to a 76-28 singles record including a 19-4 record in Sun Belt play. ULM was 38-12 in doubles including 6-3 in Sun Belt play. Medy Blankvoort earned All-Sun Belt honors after going 16-1 overall and 4-0 in conference.
Nagel was a standout student-athlete at the University of South Alabama, where he played from 2006 to 2008. His playing career was highlighted by compiling a 20-1 overall record in 2008 and guiding South Alabama to become the Sunbelt Conference Championship in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, he and his doubles partner, Jack Baker, ranked as high as No. 11 in the ITA Regional Doubles rankings.