Oct. 4, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Ty Tucker, Ohio State men’s tennis head coach, announced Friday that Marc Wurtzman has been hired as an assistant coach. Wurtzman, a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University, earned his bachelor of science degree in human ecology with a concentration in business and consumer affairs. He coached at Wisconsin the last two seasons.

With a tough 2002-03 schedule, Tucker anticipates Wurtzman will be an asset when Big Ten play begins in the spring.

“Marc came in from Wisconsin, so he knows the Big Ten very well,” Tucker said. “We needed someone who knew the area and would help with all aspects of the game; recruiting and on the court.”

Wurtzman is happy to be back at his alma mater and plans on building his resume at Ohio State.

“I have high goals and came here to better myself and my career,” Wurtzman said. “The main reason I came here is for a chance at a Big Ten title. The team and the coaching staff really get the job done.”

In the 2001-02 season, as assistant men’s tennis coach for the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wurtzman helped lead the Badgers to a season-high ranking of No. 44 in the NCAA Division I rankings. In addition, he also coached Wisconsin’s Danny Westerman, the No. 28 ranked player in Division I last season.

Prior to Wisconsin, Wurtzman assisted both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. While at Kenyon, he assisted in advancing both teams to the NCAA tournaments. The men’s team finished the season second in the NCAC and was ranked in the Top 25 nationally. His women’s team won the NCAC and closed out its season No. 7 in the nation.

While attending Ohio State, Wurtzman was selected team captain his senior year and was the No. 1 singles player. He lettered a total of four years as a varsity player for Ohio State.

Wurtzman has coached and traveled with his brother, Jeremy Wurtzman, a junior on the Ohio State men’s tennis team. In the ITA Division I preseason national rankings, Jeremy is currently No. 21 in singles and along with junior Conor Casey, tied at No. 51 in doubles.