University of Pennsylvania director of athletics Steve Bilsky has announced that men's tennis coach Nik DeVore has submitted his resignation.
"Nik has worked hard for Penn over the last four years, and we wish him the best going forward," said Bilsky.
"I appreciate the opportunity Penn gave me to be the head men's tennis coach," said DeVore. "However, I have decided the time has come for me and my family to move on and pursue other opportunities. I wish the current Penn players and the program well going forward."
DeVore came to Penn prior to the 2007-08 season after serving as head coach at Loyola Marymount University in California. Prior to DeVore's arrival in 2001, the Lions had achieved just five winning seasons in school history and regularly finished toward the bottom of the West Coast Conference standings. During his tenure, however, the Lions averaged 15 wins per season and finished in the top four in the WCC three times.
Prior to his Loyola Marymount stint, DeVore directed the men's tennis program at Morehead State University in Kentucky for three years. The two years prior to his arrival at Morehead State the men's team had a combined record of 7-28 and finished at the bottom of the conference standings. In his last season at MSU the men finished 18-8 overall, 8-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, 9-0 at home and challenged for the conference championship. All of these results were the best in school history.
The search for a new men's tennis coach will begin immediately.