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Michael Wheelen
  Michael Wheelen

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
4th Year


Michael Wheelen is in his fourth season as the assistant coach for the Tulsa men's tennis program.

Tulsa reached a school-best national ranking of No. 8 in 2008 while finishing the season as the 11th-ranked squad in the country. This comes after reaching a previous school-best ranking of No. 16 in 2007. The Hurricane finished the 2007 campaign ranked 22nd in the nation and completed the 2006 season ranked 32nd by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

In his three seasons at TU, the Hurricane has posted a 59-23 record and has won three consecutive Conference USA Championships. He has also helped guide Tulsa to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

Wheelen has been instrumental in coaching Arnau Brugues (2005-present) to three-straight All-America honors. For his efforts, Wheelen was named 2007 ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Prior to Tulsa, Wheelen spent three years as the Director of Tennis at the Millennium Tennis and Fitness Club in Joplin, Mo. During his tenure, Wheelen had over 20 athletes earn a ranking among the USTA Missouri Valley section, 12 athletes participate in the Missouri High School state tournament and one earn a college scholarship. He also served as the tournament director for the USTA Men's Challenger and USTA Men's Futures Tennis Tournaments for two years.

Previously, Wheelen was the Director of Tennis and Head Men's Tennis Coach at Florida Atlantic University for seven years (1995-2001). He had an overall 95-60 record, and in his final two seasons posted a 36-12 mark.

During his stint at FAU, his teams made two appearances at the NCAA Division I National Tennis Tournament and had three teams ranked among the top-50 nationally. Wheelen's teams won one conference championship and finished as runners-up three times.

Wheelen was named the Trans America Atlantic Conference (TAAC) Coach of the Year two times, while four of his players earned TAAC Player of the Year accolades. Fifteen of his players earned all-conference honors, while two were named FAU Athletes of the Year and one was selected as the FAU Student-Athlete of the Year.

Wheelen also spent time in 1997 and 1998 coaching at the International Tennis Academy in Delray Beach, Florida. He was an on-court instructor and Academy consultant for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) top juniors, ATP and WTA professionals.

As a player at Barton College in Wilson, N.C., Wheelen helped his team earn an NAIA national ranking of No. 15 in the 1993-94 season. Wheelen completed his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1999 from Florida Atlantic University.

Wheelen and his wife, Dani, have one son, Christopher.