Rick Edelmann
Rick Edelmann

Matt Leitl
Asst. Matt Leitl

Amherst Men's Tennis Coaching Staff

Head coach Rick Edelmann enters his second year at Amherst, having led the team to an ECAC Championship, an undefeated fall season, a NCAA Northeast Regional Finals appearance and a national ranking of 17th in his inaugural campaign. Edelmann brings a wealth of experience gleaned over more than two decades as a standout player, coach and administrator in collegiate tennis. He comes to Amherst from Florida Tech, where he was responsible for the startup of both the men's and women's Division II tennis programs. Prior to that, Edelmann spent more than 10 years at Division II Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., where he coached the men and women - earning Northeast 10 Coach of the Year honors in each - and served as director of intramurals, before eventually being promoted to assistant athletic director. He also served on both the NCAA Division II National Selection Committee and the NCAA Division II East Regional Ranking Committee, and as chair of the Northeast-10 Men's Tennis Coaches. During the off-season, he was the director of tennis at the Indian Ridge Country Club (Andover, Mass.) and has worked as a tennis pro at the Salem Country Club (Peabody, Md.) and Rolling Green Tennis Club (Andover, Mass.). Edelmann is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Registry and the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association, and is a life member of the United States Tennis Association. He graduated from Saint Michael's College in Winooski, Vt., where he earned Team MVP honors and captained the Purple Knights to a Mid-East Conference Tournament Championship. He and his wife Susan have two children, Abby and Alex.

Entering his second year at Amherst, coach Matt Leitl serves as Coach Edelmann's assistant after a one-year stint as co-head coach in fall 2004 and interim head coach in winter 2004-05. Leitl has a wide range of coaching experience, serving as head varsity boys' coach at Northampton High in 2004 and at Acton-Boxboro High in 2003, and at numerous summer camps and athletic clubs since 1996. A Milwaukee native, Leitl graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1999 and is currently working toward his Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He is also a member of the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR).

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