COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s tennis head coach and director of tennis Ty Tucker announced the hiring of Hunter Callahan as a volunteer assistant coach Friday. Callahan, a Buckeye standout from 2011-15, is returning to Columbus after a three-year stint at Duquesne.
“We are excited to have Hunter join the program as a volunteer assistant coach,” said Tucker. “He understands the importance of hard work in the classroom and on the court that comes with being a Buckeye. Having won a national title with us as a player in 2014, he will be a tremendous resource for our student-athletes. Coach Kronauge and I look forward to the daily grind of college tennis with an amazing young coach.”
From Lower Gwynedd, Pa., Callahan was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and combined for 143 wins (84 singles, 59 doubles) while representing Ohio State. He helped the Buckeyes to an undefeated record in tournament play to win the 2014 ITA National Team Indoors title. Callahan also earned a spot on the all-tournament team and was ranked sixth in singles. Off the court, he was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
“I am extremely honored and excited to be back at The Ohio State University, but this time as a coach,” said Callahan. “I want to thank Ty Tucker and Justin Kronauge for believing in me and giving me a chance to be a part of this great program. Being able to coach alongside Ty and Justin and mentor the great student-athletes that we have at Ohio State is an amazing opportunity.”
After graduating from Ohio State in 2015 with a degree in marketing, Callahan went on to play professionally for three years. While on tour, he won two professional doubles titles and made the semifinals in a pair of singles tournaments.
At the conclusion of his professional career, Callahan joined the men’s tennis program at Duquesne as a volunteer assistant in 2018. Shortly after, he was promoted to assistant coach for the women’s tennis team. He was promoted once again in 2019, becoming the associate head coach for both programs.