Longtime SMU Tennis Coach Steps Down

Carl Neufeld

SMU men’s tennis coach Carl Neufeld is resigning after leading the Mustangs for the past 25 years.

Neufeld has 601 career victories, including 420 since arriving at SMU in 1993. That total ranks him second in all-time wins at SMU behind former women’s basketball coach Rhonda Rompola.

He led SMU to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, one Final Four (in 2001) and three conference championships, and earned three conference coach of the year awards. He coached 16 singles players and 10 doubles pairings to ITA national end-of-season rankings.

Neufeld also played an instrumental role in the development of the SMU Tennis Complex, a state-of-the-art facility on campus that opened in 2015.

“After a quarter century of living my dream of coaching some of the most talented and intelligent students in the game, it’s time to step down,” Neufeld said in a release. “I look forward to working with both professional players and 5-year olds as my focus will be on coaching and taking on projects with an eye on developing better systems for training and coaching. I am excited about the possibilities and potential outcomes. SMU is my true love and that will never change.”

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