SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Jurgen De Jagerwho spent the last two seasons as the volunteer assistant coach of the Cal Poly men’s tennis team, has been named as the newest assistant coach, Cal Poly men’s tennis head coach Nick Carless announced Thursday.
“Jurgen is one of the most decorated players in program history,” Carless said. “He is a winner on and off the court and will have an immediate impact on recruiting, the development of our players and will help elevate the program to new heights.”
Over the past two seasons, De Jager has helped in the development of players during practices and matches and helped Cal Poly win the Big West regular season title each of those years.
De Jager played at Cal Poly from 2011-14 where he was a First Team All-Big West selection in singles in 2014 after going 15-4 in dual matches and was a key part in the Mustangs winning the Big West Championship and making the NCAA Tournament.
He ranks second in program history for career singles winning percentage with a career record of 36-14. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in quantitative economics at Cal Poly.
“My primary goal as a coach is to grow our players’ belief in their ability to beat the best,” De Jager said. “In terms of playing ability, there is nothing to choose from our players and the top-ranked schools. Instead, it becomes a question of belief, about mental toughness, about having grit, about knowing you will do anything you possibly can to win . Like Nick (Carless) always told me as a player – winning is an everyday thing. You have to get better every single day to a point where getting better and winning becomes a habit.”
De Jager replaces Eric Johnsonwho served as assistant coach/associate head coach since 2019 before departing earlier this summer.