Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's and women's tennis program recently added Santiago "Jaime" Nanez as its assistant coach, according to an announcement made by first-year head coach Chad Berryhill.
Nanez will serve as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams in addition to working as an assistant professional at the Ferris State Racquet and Fitness Center.
"We're excited to have Jaime on board and I'm confident he will have a lasting impact on our program," Berryhill said. "He will be a tremendous asset as we continue to work towards winning championships on both the men's and women's sides."
A native of North Texas, Nanez played collegiate tennis at the NCAA Division II level for Southeastern Oklahoma State University after originally beginning his college career at Collin County Community College.
While at Southeastern Oklahoma State, he helped lead the squad to a national ranking in his senior campaign. He competed at both number one doubles along with several positions in the singles lineup.
Nanez's stint at the NCAA Division II level followed two years of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I tennis at Collin County where his squad finished third in the nation back-to-back years.
An avid sportsman, Nanez holds an Associates Degree from Collin County CC and earned a bachelor of science degree in recreation along with a minor in occupational safety and health from Southeastern Oklahoma State.
In addition to his experience playing competitively at the prep level, Nanez has also worked four years coaching at various country clubs and fitness locations, including the Eldorado Country Club in Texas where he served as the head tennis professional. He has served as a private coach for many championship and super championship juniors.
Besides tennis, Nanez's interests include fishing, camping and various sports, specifically softball and baseball.
Nanez is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA).
The Bulldog women's tennis team posted a 11-7 overall record during the fall 2012 season and placed third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They will open the spring campaign on Feb. 16 at Davenport. Meanwhile, the men's squad will begin its 2013 spring season under Berryhill's direction on Feb. 8 with a non-league match at NCAA Division I Toledo.