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Western New Mexico University announced that former Division 1 tennis player Mandeep Yadav, previously the head coach of McKendree University, has been named the head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams. (wnmumustangs.com photo)

Indian American former Division 1 tennis player and head coach of McKendree University recently was named the head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams at Western New Mexico University.

The university made the announcement in a Nov. 17 news release.

"I am really happy and excited to be a part of the Mustangs' family," Yadav said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to helping the student-athletes at WNMU to achieve their goals and take the tennis programs to greater heights."

Yadav spent the previous three years with McKendree, with the last year serving as head coach of the men's team, according to the university news release.

He helped the team finish fourth in the conference, along with posting consecutive winning seasons and the fourth straight postseason berth into the conference tournament.

His student-athletes earned the Great Lakes Valley Conference Council of Presidents' Academic Excellence Award for outstanding performance on and off the court, the university added. They also claimed the Brother James Gaffney Distinguished Scholar Award for perfect GPA, it said.

"I am excited to announce our new head men's and women's tennis coach, Mandeep Yadav," director of athletics Mark Coleman said. "He will be a great addition to the department and we look forward to him carrying on the successful tradition of the tennis programs."

Before his time at McKendree, Yadav served as a tennis pro at Weston Tennis Center in Weston, Fla., for one year. While at Weston, he served as the academy director, the camps director and tournament director, the university said.

He has previous coaching experience as well, serving as an assistant coach at Lynchburg College and also was a volunteer assistant coach at Liberty University, his alma mater.

During his time as a player at Liberty, the Chandigarh native went 18-12 in singles and 21-9 in doubles from 2010-12 and was an All-Conference honoree at No. 5 singles, according to the news release. Yadav previously earned a top-20 ranking in India and was ranked 495th in the ITF junior rankings.

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