Byron Balkin enters his second season as Head Coach in the 2019-20 season.
Balkin completed his first campaign in 2018-19 and led the program to 10 wins over their final 12 contests while making a second consecutive appearance in the ODAC Tournament finale. The Tigers were 10-1 against ODAC competition this spring, and have no seniors among the nine-member team roster.
He was announced as the Head Tennis Coach on October 26, 2018. He comes from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he served as the Warhawks' top assistant for the from 2014-18.
"We could not be more excited for our tennis program," said Eisele. "Our team has taken great strides in the recent years, and we are confident that Coach Balkin, with his strong background as a successful player and coach at the Division III level, will help elevate our program even further."
Prior to H-SC, Balkin had been coaching both men's and women's tennis at UW-Whitewater since 2014, and in his time with the Warhawks, he had helped guide the programs to eight NCAA Tennis Tournaments and four Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships.
In addition to the team success, Balkin has helped coach 20 individual men's and women's tennis All-Americans. In 2016, he was named the Wilson/ITA Women's Tennis National Assistant Coach of the Year in addition to being named the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for both men and women. That season, Balkin helped both the men's and women's teams advance to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 while three singles players and one women's doubles team qualified for the NCAA Individual Tournament.
As a player, Balkin saw much success for the Warhawks from 2010-14. He is the all-time winningest Warkhawk, compiling over 170 career singles and doubles victories while also earning All-America doubles honors with three different partners. He helped the team to four NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing as far as the Round of 16. Individually, he won the ITA regional doubles tournament and advanced to ITA National Championships in 2012 and 2013. In 2011 and 2014, he advanced to the NCAA individual doubles championships.
He is a 2014 graduate of UW-Whitewater, where he was a member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and was recognized nationally as an ITA Academic Scholar-Athlete. Balkin also holds a Master's of Science in Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis in Athletic Administration.