PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com – June 17, 2010) – CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics, Joe Folda, has announced the hiring of Pueblo East High School boys' tennis coach, Brad Gerler, as CSU-Pueblo's women's tennis coach.
Gerler succeeds Brian Drummond, who resigned the post in May.
Gerler has been the head boys' coach at East for the past two seasons, and the assistant girls' coach at Pueblo South High School since 2006. South's girls' squads have won the past two regional titles and were the regional runners-up in 2007 and 2008. He also helped the South boys' team to two regional titles as the assistant in 2005 and 2006.
"This is an exciting opportunity," Gerler said. "With all the great things happening at CSU-Pueblo, this is something I want to be involved in and I'm looking forward to it."
Overall, Gerler, a 2005 graduate of Colorado State University-Fort Collins, brings seven years of experience in high school coaching to the ThunderWolves. He takes over a team that lost just one senior from last year's squad and is laden with local high school talent from the Pueblo area. The centerpiece of the team is reigning first-team all-conference selection, Morgan Forsyth (Parker, Colo.), who will be a junior next season.
"The team has some good local talent and we'll be looking to bring in some more solid players to round out the top of the lineup," Gerler said. "We have a young team now but we have great opportunity to build for the future."
"We're excited about the bringing Brad in to direct our women's tennis program," Folda said of Gerler's hire. "He has a proven track record in the local tennis world and we're confident that will translate into effective recruiting and on-the-court success."
The women's tennis season will kick off in the fall, with the main segment of the season beginning in the spring of 2011.