18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
Veteran instructor and player Steve Tyler is entering his fifth season as head coach of the Central College women’s tennis program and is in his sixth season with the men's program.
Tyler piloted the Dutch women to an 8-4 mark in 2012 has guided the squad to three top-five Iowa Conference finishes.
A Fort Dodge, Iowa native, Tyler has more than 30 years experience as a coach and amateur player. He was the head girls’ tennis coach at Central High School in Grand Junction, Colo. from 2005-08 and was head boys’ tennis coach in 2008 as well. Tyler was an assistant coach at Mesa State College (Colo.) from 2001-03.
At Central High School Tyler took over a girls’ program with 14 players in 2005 and in three seasons built it into a squad with 40 competitors. Central High School had four Class 5A state tournament qualifiers in 2008, a first for the school.
Tyler competed as a walk-on at the Univ. of Iowa, where graduated with honors in 1974. He earned a master’s degree at the Univ. of Northern Colorado.
A United States Professional Tennis Association certified teaching professional, Tyler remains an accomplished player. The Missouri Valley Division of the USPTA named Tyler the 2010 men's 55 and over player of the year. He has won numerous honors competing in sectional and national tournaments, including a runner-up finish in the Inter-Mountain Sectional Men’s 50 tourney in 2004. Tyler has also frequently competed successfully in father-son and father-daughter tournaments, attaining the No. 1 ranking in Colorado father-daughter teams. His son Matt is the head coach at Wartburg College while daughter Hilary is an assistant at Rutgers Univ. after a stint at St. Lawrence Univ. and a stellar playing career at Colorado State Univ.
Rod Braun is entering his 10th season as assistant women’s tennis coach at Central. He served from 1999-2005, before returning in 2010. He also was assistant men’s tennis coach at Central for three seasons.
Braun, an experienced player, served as the head boys’ tennis coach at Pella High School for nine seasons. An Oregon native, Braun received his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree from the Univ. of Wis.-Whitewater. He is the executive director of the Christian Opportunity Center in Pella.
Nick Rohner is entering his sixth season as assistant women’s tennis coach and is in his sixth season as assistant men’s coach.
Rohner graduated from Central in 2008 and was a two-time letterwinner on the Dutch men’s tennis squad. He posted a 25-21 career singles mark, including a 14-10 record in 2008, advancing to the Flight B finals in both singles and doubles at the Iowa Conference tournament.
A Wichita, Kan. native, Rohner attended Kapaun Mount Carmel High School. He was involved in Campus Ministries activities at Central, participating in work projects in Reynosa, Mexico and St. Louis, Mo. as well as in Katrina relief projects in Louisiana and Mississippi.
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