2015 Women's Tennis
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2015 Women's Tennis Coaches
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John Natali
Director of Tennis- 14th Season

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:

  • NCCAA National Champions in 2006 (Women’s)
  • Men’s NAIA Scholar Team in 04-05, 05-06, 07-08, 08-09, 09-10, 10-11, 11-12 & 12-13
  • Women’s NAIA Scholar Team in 05-06, 06-07, 07-08, 08-09, 09-10, 10-11 & 11-12
  • Conference Tournament Champions in 2005 (Men’s)
  • Men’s Record of 105-122
  • Women’s Record of 142-117

Player Accolades under Director Natali:

  • 4 NCCAA Ministry-Athlete Awards (3 – Men, 1 – Women)
  • 3 NAIA All-Americans (1 – Second Team, 2 – Honorable Mention)
  • 41 NCCAA All-Americans (23 – Men, 18 – Women)
  • 53 NAIA Scholar-Athletes (23 – Men, 30 – Women)
  • 54 NCCAA Scholar-Athletes (23 – Men, 31 – Women)
  • 5 NCCAA National Tournament Sportsmanship Awards (3 – Men, 2 – Women)
  • 8 Conference Champions (4 – Men, 4 – Women)
  • 23 All-Conference Selections (13 – Men, 10 – Women)

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.

 

 
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Jason Gingerich
Head Coach- 6th Season

Jason Gingerich will begin his sixth year as the head women’s tennis coach for the Pilots with a career record of 47-30

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:

  • 1 NAIA All-American (1 – Honorable Mention)
  • 4 NCCAA All-Americans
  • 14 NAIA Scholar-Athletes
  • 15 NCCAA Scholar-Athletes
  • Women’s NAIA Scholar Team in 2010, 2011, and 2012
  • 5 All-Conference Selections

Jason and his wife, Andrea, live in Topeka with their two children, Asher and Hannah.