John Natali enters his 14th season as the director of tennis for the Bethel College men's and women's tennis program. His primary duties include recruiting, scheduling of matches, as well as coaching alongside men's and women's head coach, Jason Gingerich.
Natali enjoys working with the young men and women in the tennis program in a very positive and encouraging manner. His goal is to motivate them to work hard in practice daily and then to see that effort translate into success in their matches. To Natali, the most important aspect is their growth academically and spiritually.
Natali’s Pilot Profile:
Player Accolades under Director Natali:
In addition to his role as director of tennis, Natali works in many areas in the athletic department including concessions, student workers, and game day operations.
John is a life-long resident of Mishawaka and enjoys spending quality time with his brothers, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces. He also enjoys many other sports, particularly basketball, here at Bethel College.
Jason Gingerich will begin his sixth year as the head women’s tennis coach for the Pilots with a career record of 59-40
Gingerich played four seasons on the Bethel men’s tennis team, finishing as the Conference Tournament Champion in No. 1 doubles his senior year. During his years at Bethel, Gingerich started teaching lessons at the South Bend Racquet Club where he discovered a love for teaching the game of tennis. He received certification as a professional tennis instructor through the United States Professional Tennis Association and spent the better part of the next eight years as a staff professional with the South Bend Racquet Club.
After a two year stint as the head coach for boy’s tennis at Westview High School where he tallied a 33-3 record, Gingerich returned to Bethel College to take the head coaching position for the Pilot’s tennis program.
Player Accolades under Coach Gingerich:
Jason and his wife, Andrea, live in Topeka with their two children, Asher and Hannah.
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