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Sean McInerney is starting his fourth season as the women's tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Over McInerney's four seasons, he has built the Panthers from scratch into a Horizon League contender.
This past season, the Panthers collected a best-ever third-place finish in the Horizon League standings with a roster that had just one senior. McInerney was recognized as league coach of the year following the year, becoming the first-ever UWM tennis coach to receive the honor.
UWM also set a school record with six league wins, had individuals set school records for both singles and doubles wins and finished one win shy of the school record for overall team wins. The Panthers have also now increased their overall and league win total in each of the last two seasons.
McInerney has served in a wide variety of tennis-related capacities across the Milwaukee area in recent years. He spent the 2008-09 school year as head coach of the men's team at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and was the head coach of the girls' team at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School since 2004. He has also been a tennis professional in the state for the past 12 years.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead the UWM women's tennis program," McInerney said. "The athletic program at UWM has a long and rich history of success and I hope to add to that tradition over the years with our tennis program. I am also very excited to have the chance to work with such a wonderful group of women and hope to maximize their game through raising the level of expectations, communication and hard work. I envision a team at Milwaukee that works harder than anyone in the league and loves to compete on the court and in the classroom."
At DSHA, McInerney helped his team finish in the top four of the final state Division I rankings in each of his final four seasons while also working to coach and develop three of the last five Wisconsin doubles champions. During the 2008-09 season at MSOE, McInerney led the program to its most wins in school history, boosting the team total from five before he arrived in 2008 to 14 in 2009.
McInerney has also worked extensively at a pair of local tennis clubs. He has been the director of tennis at the Mequon Country Club since 2003 while serving as the adult director at the Paley Tennis Center since 2006.