Men’s Tennis: Matt Roche named head coach

Matt Roche Norwich Men's Tennis Head Coach

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Director of Athletics Tony Mariano announced recently that Matt Roche has been named the new men's tennis head coach. 

Roche comes to Norwich with over 10 years of experience as a tennis instructor and coach, including stops as an assistant coach with Thomas More and the head club tennis coach at Lynn University in Florida. 

He served as the head tennis pro at Our Court Tennis Club in White River Junction for three years. 

"I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to join the Norwich tennis team," Roche said. "I look forward to challenging our players and creating a winning culture that translates both on the courts and in the classroom. It is the hope that with some hard work that we will be able to challenge for a league championship within my first year. We want the new expectation to be that we are in the conversation for a league title year in and year out." 

Roche is a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame College (Ohio) where he was the No. 1 singles player for the Falcons during his career. He was an Ohio State Championship qualifier and climbed as high as the No. 18-ranked player in Ohio during his senior year. 

Roche is also a 2016 graduate of the Vermont Law School with his Juris Doctor degree. He also serves as the Norwich University Title IX Coordinator. 

"I am pleased to have Matt Roche as our new men's tennis coach," Mariano said. "He brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach and I am looking forward his ability to elevate men's tennis into a GNAC championship contender." 

Norwich is coming off a 6-5 season last year and an 0-3 record in the GNAC North division.