Brad Tulenko (Methodist University '12) enters his second season new head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs. He brings a strong tennis background and has been involved as a club professional and coach for more than a decade.
Tulenko comes to Carlisle from Charlottesville, Virginia where he has served as the head tennis coach and program director at The Covenant School. Prior to returning to his hometown of Charlottesville, Tulenko was the owner and director of the Hidden Palms Tennis & Swim Club in Vero Beach, Florida. He was responsible for all aspects of running the club, serving as a men's and women's USTA coach and providing clinics and lessons. He coordinated a high-level Juniors tournament which featured players ranked in the top 20, nationally.
He also served as the head coach of the boys' and girls' programs at Vero Beach High School, leading both teams to the State 4A Quarterfinals. He has worked at numerous clubs and was involved in evaluating through the USTA Player Development Program from 2010-2012.
Tulenko is a 2012 graduate of Methodist University where he was a member of the men's tennis from 2008-2011, posting an overall singles record of 26-14. He played number-one singles for The Covenant School from 2005-2008 where he was a three-time All-Central Virginia First-team selection, three-time All-VIC First-team in singles and a two-time VIC singles champion. Tulenko was ranked the number-one Division II high school player in Virginia as a senior, leading his team to a state title.
In his first season, Tulenko led the Red Devil men's team to a Centennial Conference playoff berth, posting five straight wins to earn the #4-seed. They suffered a 5-3 setback to Franklin & Marshall to close out the season 9-10 overall and 6-3 in the conference. The Red Devils were well represented on the All-Conference Team as Leo Sorkin (St. Petersburg, Russia/U. of Nebraska High School) was named the Rookie of the Year, earning First-team recognition in both singles and doubles. Classmate Sam Coan (Washington, D.C./Bullis) joined Sorkin as a First-team selection in both singles and doubles as well.
Sorkin and Coan partnered in the number two doubles flight, posting a 16-4 overall record. They combined to go 16-0 in dual matches and went unbeaten in conference play at 9-0. Coan went 12-5 in singles in his rookie campaign, posting a 6-2 mark in conference. He went 5-2 in the second flight and had a 7-1 record in the number-three spot.
Sorkin made a great run at the ITA Regionals in the fall, advancing to the semifinals. The #10-seed in the tournament, Sorkin fell to the #6-seed from Carnegie Mellon (6-3, 6-4). He was ranked 18th in singles this spring while the Red Devils moved up to #19 in the Atlantic South poll. He went 13-5 in the top singles flight, dropping just one conference match to go 8-1 in the CC.