BETHLEHEM, Pa. --- The Moravian College Department of Athletics & Recreation has named Aaron Wilf as the Greyhounds next Director of Tennis for men and women effective August 1.
"It is with great pleasure we welcome Aaron Wilf to the Moravian College Athletic Department," stated Director of Athletics Mary Beth Spirk. "Aaron has been successful in his young career and we are confident he will continue this success with both our men's and women's tennis program. With Aaron's energy, expertise and leadership we expect both programs to represent Moravian College in the classroom and in our community in a successful and positive way. We also anticipate both teams will compete for a Landmark Championship over the next few years. We are anxious to have Aaron join us in August to prepare for the new year."
Wilf heads to Moravian with 12 years of collegiate coaching experience including the last two years as the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Frostburg State University. Wilf spent five years as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at La Roche College, leading the squad to the 2012 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship and a berth in the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament. Wilf began his college coaching career at Chatham University where he coached the women's program for five seasons.
"There was a lot that attracted me to this position," commented Wilf. "I was looking for a small school in a great community which is what we have here. I thought the Landmark Conference provided some excellent opportunities for this program to really flourish over the next several years and beyond. I was drawn to the history of the school and the amazing potential we have here to create something really special.
"Our short-term goals will be to create a new atmosphere with the tennis programs based on hard work, accountability, and the commitment to excellence both on and off the court," continued Wilf. "Long term, we hope to establish a culture where our student-athletes are excelling in the classroom, on the tennis court, and in their careers. We look to make some serious strides in the Landmark Conference and to get better every day. We'll recruit the very best student-athletes every year that help put us in the best situation possible. With hard work we know we'll have the opportunity to compete for championships and raise the bar for Moravian tennis."
Wilf is a three-time conference coach of the year, earning the honor twice from the AMCC while at La Roche and once from the President's Athletic Conference in 2009 while at Chatham. Prior to joining the college coaching ranks, Wilf served three years as the Head Tennis Coach at Butler High School and one year at Plum High School in western Pennsylvania and also worked as a tennis professional at the Lakevue and Oxford Athletic Clubs.
"I've been fortunate to have had success at several of my past institutions and all those experiences will be beneficial to me here at Moravian," Wilf stated. "I care about my student-athletes and want them to have success in all phases of their lives. I also have a passion for the game of tennis and combining these two aspects will hopefully create an environment here that will lead to strong team bonds and a belief that we can achieve whatever goals we create. I'll rely on systems we've used in the past to hopefully reach new heights here with this program and lay a blueprint for future success."
In 2016, Wilf traveled to Israel to coach the United States team in the Maccabiah Olympics. He also served as Athletic Compliance Coordinator at La Roche for four years and taught tennis as part of the Physical Education Departments at Chatham and La Roche.
Wilf is a 2002 graduate of Dickinson College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History and played four years of collegiate tennis for the Red Devils, earning team Most Valuable Player honors in 2001. Wilf earned a Master's Degree in Sport Management from Lasell College in 2016.
"There's a lot that excites me about this opportunity. In already speaking with some of the tennis players here, I could see their passion for wanting to create the best possible atmosphere for this program. I could see that they were excited about the potential of the tennis programs here at Moravian. I've enjoyed meeting the other coaches here and I look forward to learning from all of them. This is certainly a new challenge for me but I see so much potential here and we'll work hard every day to make sure our program continues to head in the right direction and to create something that we're all proud of," finished Wilf.
Moravian is slated to begin its fall season on Saturday, September 15 versus rival Muhlenberg College for the women and on Thursday, September 20 at DeSales University for the men.