position Associate Head Coach
Hometown Dayton, OH
Last School Centerville
Alma Mater Ohio State, 2010
The 2017 National Assistant Coach of the Year, Justin Kronauge has transferred his expertise as a collegiate player to the coaching realms. Hired in 2010 by his mentor, Ty Tucker, Kronauge has been a tremendous asset to the Buckeyes the past seven seasons and subsequently was named associate head coach during the summer of 2013.
In his seven seasons on the staff, Kronauge helped guide the Buckeyes to a combined 219-28 record. In 2011, the Scarlet and Gray posted a 34-3 overall mark en route to their sixth consecutive Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The next year, Kronauge and the Buckeyes amassed a 34-4 ledger and concluded the conference regular season in first place. In 2013, the Buckeyes posted a 35-3 record and won both the Big Ten regular-season and tournament crowns. The 2014 season saw Ohio State post a 33-4 mark, win the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles as well as the NCAA Indoor National Championship.
In 2015, the Buckeyes captured their 10th-straight Big Ten regular season title and notched their 200th-consecutive home victory. The 2016 and 2017 Buckeyes won 33 matches, claimed both the Big Ten regular and tournament titles and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2016 and the semifinals in 2017 of the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, during the past seven campaigns, Kronauge has guided some of his former teammates to impressive runs at the NCAA tournament, including a semifinal finish in 2013.
Kronauge was named the ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2017. On the heels of a semifinal appearance in 2017, the former All-American was named the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year.
The Dayton, Ohio, native concluded his collegiate career at Ohio State during the spring of 2010 and earned his bachelor’s degree in finance that August after posting one of the most successful careers in Ohio State men’s tennis history. A two-time All-American and the 2010 Midwest Region Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year, Kronauge concluded his historic Ohio State tennis career with multiple program records. (Most career singles wins (147), most career doubles wins (133) and most combined wins with 280 victories.) Furthermore, Kronauge, a three-time unanimous All-Big Ten recipient, was just the third Buckeye to have at least 100 singles and 100 doubles wins. He also became just the sixth Ohio State men’s tennis player to reach 100 doubles wins.
In the fall of 2016, Kronauge was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.