NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation Lisa Yenush '90 has announced the hiring of Alex Wong as the next men's and women's tennis head coach. Wong joins the Wheaton staff after serving as an assistant coach at Brown University.
"We are excited to welcome Alex to the Wheaton family as our new tennis coach," said Yenush." Alex's experience as an NCAA Division III student-athlete and as a head coach at a high-level academic institution such as Vassar provides him with the background and knowledge to recruit and coach high achieving academic and athletic student-athletes here at Wheaton."
Prior to Brown, Wong was the head men's tennis coach at Vassar College. Taking over the team in 2013, Wong coached numerous Liberty League All-Conference and ITA All-Academic players as well as the Liberty League Rookie of the Year. In his first season as head coach, the team upset No. 20 North Carolina Wesleyan while the program was ranked in the top-20 of the ITA Northeast Region for the entire season. During his most recent campaign, the Brewers ranked as high as No. 16 in the Northeast and upset No. 31 Trinity College.
Before heading to Vassar, Wong coached at Bentley University, overseeing the Falcon women's program for 10 seasons, as well as the men's program for eight. During his tenure at Bentley, Wong also earned his Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Wong led the Bentley men to six NCAA Tournament appearances as well as back-to-back NE-10 titles in 2010 and 2011. He coached the women's side to two NCAA tournament berths, in 2007 and 2009. In 2009-10, Wong received both NE-10 Coach of the Year as well as ITA Men's East Region Coach of the Year honors. He has additionally advocated for sportsmanship and fair play consistently throughout his career, with four of his student-athletes earning the ITA's Division II National Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
Wong has held numerous coaching positions at private clubs throughout the greater Boston area, such as Wellesley Country Club, Sudbury River Tennis Club, and New England Team Tennis. He also serves as the Head Tennis Pro at Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale during the summer.
In collegiate competition, Wong spent four years as Wesleyan's No. 1 singles player, from 1999-2003, and ranked in the top 15 in the East Region during his final three seasons. He achieved a career-high regional ranking of No. 8 and a career-high national ranking of 32 in 2002.
After his college career, Wong finished 2012 as the No. 1 doubles player in New England. In 2015 he was the top player in the nation in the Men's 30-and-up division. He has four gold, two silver, and five bronze balls to his name, all earned at USTA National Championship tournaments. In 2016, he competed in Umag, Croatia as part of the USA's delegation at the ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships, the equivalent of the prestigious Davis and Fed Cups for the young senior age divisions.
Wong graduated from Wesleyan in 2003 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology.