Sean McInerney has been named head women's tennis coach at Utah State University it was announced Thursday by Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. McInerney (Mac-in-earn-e) replaces Christian Wright who was terminated from his position last fall.
"We are excited to have Sean on board. His success as a Division I head coach speaks for itself," said Barnes. "His infectious enthusiasm and experience in turning around the UW-Milwaukee program will be a tremendous asset to our women's tennis program."
"I also want to thank Executive Associate AD Jana Doggett and the search committee for their efforts during the interview process," added Barnes.
McInerney has spent the past four years as the head women's tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee earning Horizon League Coach of the Year honors the past two seasons as he led the Panthers to back-to-back third-place conference finishes and its best two-year league win total in school history with 10 victories.
"I would like to thank Jana Doggett and the search committee for an outstanding interview process," said McInerney. "I really appreciate the opportunity that Scott Barnes has given me to build Utah State women's tennis into a perennial challenger in the Mountain West. It is a very exciting time to be an Aggie and I will work everyday to make sure we represent our core values on the court, in the classroom and within the community."
Under McInerney, UW-Milwaukee had a pair of all-league performers in each of the past two seasons, which is also a first in school history, including three-time first-team all-Horizon League player Maddy Soule who set a school-record with 71 singles win in her career and also holds the single-season school record for wins, not to mention a school-record 69 career doubles victories.
During this past season at UW-Milwaukee, McInerney led the Panthers to a 12-10 record and tied the school record for most Division I wins in a single season with 11. UWM also finished third in the Horizon league for the second time in as many years with a 4-3 mark.
During the 2012 season, the Panthers finished in third-place in the Horizon League and set the single-season school record with six league wins, as McInerney became the first tennis coach in school history to be named conference coach of the year. In 2012, UWM had individuals set school records for both singles and doubles wins and finished one win shy of the school record for overall team wins.
McInerney has served in a wide variety of tennis-related capacities across the Milwaukee area in recent years. He spent the 2008-09 school year as head coach of the men's team at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and was the head coach of the girls' team at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School since 2004. He has also been a tennis professional in the state for the past 13 years.
At Divine Savior Holy Angels HS, McInerney helped his team finish in the top four of the final state Division I rankings in each of his final four seasons, while also working to coach and develop three of the last five Wisconsin doubles champions. During the 2008-09 season at Milwaukee School of Engineering, McInerney led the program to its most wins in school history, boosting the team total from four before he arrived in 2008 to 15 in 2009, which was the best single-season turn around in school history.
McInerney has also worked as the Mequon Country Club Director in Milwaukee since 2003 instructing over 1,300 players and 37 coaches.