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 R.J. Nagel

R.J. Nagel begins his sixth year as an assistant tennis coach at ULM following an outstanding playing career at the University of South Alabama and one season as an assistant coach with the South Alabama women's tennis team.

In 2012, he helped lead the Warhawks to a 76-28 singles record including a 19-4 record in Sun Belt play. ULM was 38-12 in doubles including 6-3 in Sun Belt play. Medy Blankvoort earned All-Sun Belt honors after going 16-1 overall and 4-0 in conference.

In 2011, the Warhawks finished the 2011 season 18-2 overall and 5-0 in Sun Belt Conference action. ULM put together an 18-match win streak which was the longest in the NCAA and earned the Warhawks the number two seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

The Warhawks peaked at No. 46 in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings during the 2011 season, it was ULM's first national ranking since 2003. The season featured a 6-1 win at No. 73 Mississippi State - the Warhawks first victory over the Bulldogs since 1985 - and a 5-2 victory at Northwestern State, which snapped the Demons 20-match regular season win streak.

ULM dominated the All-Sun Belt Conference Teams in historic fashion that season. ULM accounted for four of the seven players on the singles team and two of the five doubles teams. It marked the first time in Sun Belt history that a team placed four athletes on the singles team. Claire Clark, Monica Winkel, Vivian Polak and Letha Gaigher all earned singles honors. ULM's doubles teams of Clark and Winkel in addition to Polak and Ana Burjaili were all-conference in doubles. Gaigher also named the Louisiana Freshman of the Year.

Clark amassed a 63-4 career record in dual matches in singles and as a senior (2011) lost just four sets all season long in singles en route to an 18-1 record and four Sun Belt Player of the Week awards. She was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team as a senior in addition to earning Louisiana Player of the Year honors and receiving the Sun Belt Conference Post-Graduate Scholarship Award; Clark was ULM's first Academic All-America First Team selection since 1994.

In his first season, the Warhawks came within one match of reaching the Sun Belt Conference championship match after reaching the semifinals for the first time in program history. The Warhawks finished the 2010 spring season with an 18-6 record overall and a 7-2 mark at home.

Clark was named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American for the second straight year and earned the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. Clark was also named to the All-Sun Belt Singles team, while Burjaili and Polak were All-Sun Belt selections as a doubles tandem.

Nagel played three seasons at South Alabama (2006-08), helping the Jaguars win two Sun Belt Conference titles during that time, he also received the Sun Belt Conference Academic Award. Nagel was 16-1 in his first collegiate season at South Alabama and compiled a 21-6 mark during his junior campaign.

As a senior with the Jaguars, Nagel earned All-Sun Belt honors and helped his team win the Sun Belt Conference and advance to the second round of the NCAA Regionals. He finished his senior season with a 20-1 singles record.

Following his career at South Alabama, Nagel worked with South African junior tennis players playing in ITF Tournaments. He also played in a South African FI Futures tournament, qualifying for the main draw and obtaining ATP tour points. Nagel also helped prepare South African junior players for the 2010 Australian Open.

Nagel is currently enrolled in graduate school at ULM; he received his bachelor's degree in sport and recreation management from South Alabama.

Position: Assistant Coach
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Pretoria, South Africa
Alma Mater: South Alabama
Graduating Year: 2009
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