JUSTIN STUCKEY TABBED TO LEAD BILLIKEN TENNIS PROGRAMS
ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University Director of Athletics Chris May today announced the hiring of 11-year head-coaching veteran Justin Stuckey to direct the Billikens’ men’s and women’s tennis teams.
Stuckey, whose teams have won 11 conference championships and made national tournament appearances in each of the past five years, comes to Saint Louis following three seasons as men’s and women’s head coach at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. “We are very pleased to have Justin Stuckey joining the Billiken family to lead the tennis programs,” May said. “Justin comes highly recommended by well-respected individuals in the industry. He is deeply committed to supporting student-athletes, especially those who have high academic aspirations.
“Justin’s strong commitment to our department’s strategic objectives of educating, competing and building community will greatly benefit our student-athletes,” May said. “His belief in those objectives is reflected in the significant success his teams enjoyed, both on and off the court, in each of his previous coaching positions.”
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Chris May and Associate Director of Athletics D'Ann Keller for choosing me to join the Saint Louis University staff as the Billikens’ next head tennis coach,” Stuckey said. “It was very clear to me during the interview process that the values of Saint Louis University align with my vision for both programs.
“I am excited to begin my work with the student-athletes,” Stuckey said. “We will foster a championship mindset, excelling in the classroom and community while competing for Atlantic 10 Conference championships.”
Both William Woods teams captured a conference championship and competed in the NAIA national tournament in each of Stuckey’s three seasons at the helm. The men’s team posted a three-year record of 53-16 and reached the NAIA quarterfinals in 2017 and 2018. The women’s squad went 48-24 and advanced to the national semifinals and quarterfinals in 2017 and 2018, respectively, in addition to earning ITA All-Academic recognition twice. Both teams achieved top-10 national rankings all three years.
Stuckey’s two seasons at McPherson (Kansas) College included a pair of conference titles and national tournament berths for both the men’s and women’s teams. Both squads achieved program-best national rankings.
Stuckey’s first head-coaching position was at Wittenberg (Ohio) University, where he served six seasons. The Tigers turned in records of 85-53 and 70-55 in men’s and women’s competition, respectively.
In his first season, Stuckey took a men’s team that had claimed just three victories during the previous two years and led it to a 15-win campaign. The Tigers posted a winning record each season, and the 2011-12 team collected a school-record 17 victories. The 2010-11 Wittenberg women registered a school-record 19 wins.
Stuckey’s first venture into collegiate coaching was as a graduate assistant at Wright State during the 2007-08 school year. He earned a master’s degree in education from the Dayton, Ohio, university.
Stuckey is a 2007 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, earning a bachelor’s degree in sports management. A four-time first-team All-Conference honoree, he played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, won two conference doubles championships and claimed a league singles title. The two-time team Most Valuable Player and three-year captain helped lead the Golden Bulls to four straight conference championships as well as a berth in the 2004 NCAA Division II Championship.
During his junior career, Stuckey attained the American Tennis Association’s No. 1 ranking in the 16-and-under age group.
Stuckey has coached numerous student-athletes who have earned conference, region and national plaudits on the court and in the classroom, and he has garnered several conference and region Coach of the Year awards. He is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry and is a member of the United States Tennis Association and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.