“I’m a little guy, so it’s natural for me to work with the lighter weight guys,” Hoffman said. “Devin is unbelievably talented, so I just hope that I can help him improve technically.”
In addition to his international experience, Huss is also intimately familiar with the collegiate game. He was twice named an All-American during his days at Auburn and he hopes that his time there, in addition to his pro career, will help prepare him for coaching at Tech.
“Over my 11 years at the sport’s highest level, I got a chance to see the way the best players conducted themselves,” Huss said. “All of them needed balance to be successful, and I think that really applies to the life of a student-athlete.”
While working with current athletes is important, recruiting will also be an essential part of both of the new coaches’ roles.
“I’m from Pennsylvania, and considering that the state is arguably the best state for wrestling, I’ll be spending a lot of my time there to help get ‘blue chip’ recruits to Tech,” Hoffman said.
Huss will be similarly occupied with building the tennis program.
“After 11 years on the tour, he has tremendous experience internationally,” Thompson said. “He’s a great coach, but a great recruiter as well, which is huge for us.”
Both coaches also have the good fortune to join programs that are coming off successful seasons, so they’ll be charged with keeping things on the right track.
“Our guys realize just how much work it takes to succeed at the NCAA level,” Dresser said. “We’ve really got a lot of guys bought in, spending 10 months here, and I can’t wait to see what we can do next year.”
It may be challenging for these newcomers to step in to these teams that have already tasted victory, but they plan to do their best to fit in quickly.
“I really want to get everyone on the same page as soon as we can,” Huss said. “It’s important to bring intensity to the court, and I want to try to instill that in all the players here.”