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NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State University has announced the hiring of Mike Mucci as men's and women's tennis coach.

Director of Athletics Melody Webb amade the announcement on Monday (July 13).nsu mike mucciMucci

Mucci comes to Norfolk State from Southern Utah University, where he was the head women's tennis coach during the COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 season. While at SUU, Mucci recruited multiple high-level UTR 9 players and bolstered SUU's schedule to make it more nationally competitive, while mentoring numerous players who were selected to the Big Sky All-Academic team.

Prior to SUU, Mucci was at Belmont University, where he served as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's tennis teams in 2018-19. He helped lead Belmont's women's team to one of the best seasons in program history as the Bruins finished with 12 wins, their most since 2004. He also mentored a men's doubles team that reached the round of 16 at the NCAA doubles tournament and a No. 8 position in the ITA national rankings.

Before coaching at Belmont, Mucci was an assistant for the men's team at the University of Delaware for the 2017-18 season. The Blue Hens finished with a 17-8 record that year, their best finish in 44 years.

Mucci has also served as a tennis professional at the Tennis Club of Rochester, Village Glen Tennis Club and Town of Grand Island, and as the head men's and women's tennis coach at his alma mater Niagara University from the fall of 2015 through the fall of 2016.

Mucci played his collegiate tennis at Niagara from 2010-13, where he was a three-time MAAC All-Academic member and ITA scholar athlete and was part of the highest ranked team in Niagara history. He graduated from Niagara with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in statistics and gerontology in 2013.

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