Wheaton College Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak '00 has announced the hiring of Pauri Pandian as the next men's and women's tennis head coach. Pandian joins the Wheaton staff after serving as an assistant coach at Brandeis University for the last five seasons.
"I'm excited to be following in the footsteps of Lynn Miller, who gave everything she had to Wheaton College and Wheaton Athletics throughout her career," said Pandian. "I will strive to do the same, and in the process, build the men's and women's tennis teams into perennial NEWMAC contenders. I'm excited about the potential for growth in both programs, and can't wait to get started with each team."
Pandian takes over for Hall of Fame head coach Lynn Miller who posted a 373-236-2 record with the women's tennis program and a 259-160 record at the helm of the men's tennis program over the course of her 35-year career in Norton, Mass.
"We are excited to welcome Pauri Pandian to the Wheaton family as our new tennis coach," said Sutyak." Pauri has a clear vision for Wheaton College tennis and I am excited to work with him as we look to regularly compete for NEWMAC championships."
"Pauri's experience as an NCAA Division III student-athlete and as an assistant coach at a high level academic institution such as Brandeis provides him with the background and knowledge to recruit and coach high achieving academic and athletic student-athletes here at Wheaton."
During his time at Brandeis, Pandian helped guide the women's team to a year-end national ranking each year, which included All-America performances from Carley Cooke '15 and Faith Broderick '13, and also aided the men's squad to numerous All-University Athletic Association (UAA) selections. Cooke finished her career as one of the most decorated athletes in school history with five All-America selections in her four years with the Judges, all under Pandian's watch.
At the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year, Pandian was named the 2015 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year and the Regional Coach of the Year for both the men and women's programs for his efforts.
Prior to joining the Judges, Pandian was a head coach at the high school level at Beaver Country Day School from 2009-2011, where his team registered a cumulative record of 34-4. Pandian's squad won the Eastern Independent League (EIL) each year, while also winning the New England Prep School Athletic Conference title in 2009. His players were awarded 14 EIL All-Star selections, and Pauri was the 2009 Coach of the Year in the EIL.
Pandian graduated from Wesleyan University in 2008, double majoring in English and religion. A four-year starter and captain his senior year, Pandian played in every spot in the singles and doubles lineup throughout his career.
Ekert enters her first year as the assistant coach with the men's and women's tennis programs in 2015-16.
Ekert graduated from Lynn University in 2011 with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management.
During her time at Lynn, Ekert was a three-time All-American from 2008-11. She was named to the 2011 Capitol One Academic All-District At-Large Team and finished her career ranked third in the country at the NCAA Division II level.
Since graduating, Magda coached at the Chris Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. before coaching at the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy at Hilton Head, S.C. for two years.
Most recently, Ekert has been coaching at the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, Mass. since September 2013.