PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis, David Geatz, has announced that Nikola Kocovic will serve as the men’s tennis assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. Kocovic returns to his alma mater after graduating in May with a degree in Biology. He was a four-year letterwinner with the Red and Blue who was elected captain at the end of 2012 and held that role until his graduation.
“I am very excited that Nikola has joined the staff as our new assistant coach for this season,” said Geatz. “He brings a solid playing background as well as a great understanding of the academic and athletic side of the University of Pennsylvania.”
Throughout a majority of his career at Penn, Kocovic primarily played at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Last year, he helped the Quakers defeat Princeton, then ranked No. 56, for the first time since 2007 with a win at No. 1 doubles with teammate Matt Nardella.
Off the court, Kocovic represented the team on SAAC, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was a campus ambassador for Team Impact, an organization that joins sports teams with children undergoing treatment for illness in local hospitals or treatment centers.
In addition, Kocovic participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters and Katie at the Bat, a program run through the Levy Tennis Pavilion where underprivileged kids are taught tennis.
“It is special being able to come back to Penn, a place that has given me so much, for another year,” said Kocovic. “I come into a familiar and desirable situation where I work under the great Coach Geatz and with a fantastic alumni network that has an incredible commitment to helping this team achieve its many goals.”
Outside of Penn, Kocovic worked two summers as a tennis instructor at the Merion Cricket Club. There he helped to run summer day camp clinics for more than 30 students and gave private lessons and instruction to members. Currently, Kocovic is a tennis instructor at the Nassau Tennis Club where he also helped run summer day camp clinics for more than 40 students of all ages, including some of the nation’s top juniors.
Fluent in Serbian, Kocovic is in the process of interviewing and applying to medical school and hopes to stay in the area.
“Coming back as a coach rather than a player is a distinct feeling, given the added responsibilities -- such as driving the van rather than sleeping in it -- but I cannot say that it is a bad one,” Kocovic said. “In addition, I spend another year with many guys that I spent some really good years with on the team. I am excited to help them maximize their potential as both students and athletes.”