Marc Vecchiolla is Named
Head Coach for MCCC Men's Tennis


Marc J. Vecchiolla has been named head coach for men's tennis at Mercer County Community College. The appointment was announced by MCCC Athletics Director John Simone, who noted that as head coach for women's tennis since 1997, Vecchiolla has created a nationally recognized program. "Marc is a first-class professional who is the logical choice to coach the men's team. It's a real opportunity for the college that will enhance both programs," Simone said. Additionally, Vecchiolla has assisted with the men's team under recently retired head coach Stan Dlugosz, traveling to the national tournament with the Vikings the past two years.
Marc Vecchiolla

Vecchiolla's success at Mercer has been stellar. Since he established the women's program 10 years ago, the Viking women have won the NJCAA national title four times (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005) and placed second three times (1998, 2001 and 2006). The Vikings were Region 19 champs from 1997-2005. Responsible for all player recruitment efforts, he has coached 26 NJCAA All-Americans. He is the youngest coach ever to be inducted into the NJCAA Tennis Hall of Fame (2005) and was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005.

Vecchiolla plans to approach the men's team with the same winning philosophy that has proven so successful with the women: work hard and have fun. "I want my players to make a commitment to the program and to themselves, with the ultimate goal of not only winning tennis matches, but learning how to manage their time. You can do it all - study, work, play tennis, and socialize - if you put your mind to it," he said.

Vecchiolla notes that he will be able to manage his own time quite efficiently as a coach for both teams. "The women play their regional matches in the fall, but continue to practice in the spring, while the men play their season in the spring, but begin practices in the fall." The teams will be able to practice and drill simultaneously; in some cases, female players may be paired with male players, depending on players' skill levels.

Five assistant coaches will help Vecchiolla with the men's and women's programs, Stan Dlugosz will continue to lend his expertise and experience to the coaching staff. Barbara Pleva and Ralph Bencivengo, two long-time assistants, will also continue to contribute. New additions Kyle Devlin, the no. 1 player on the MCCC men's team this past season, and Devin Crawbuck, a four-year varsity player from Rider University, will be on staff for the first time.

Vecchiolla has served as director of tennis operations at the Mercer County Tennis Center since 1994, managing two tennis facilities and a 20-member staff. He is currently overseeing the construction process of a six-court indoor center at Mercer County Park, to be completed in the fall. He is a member of the Mercer County Tennis Council and the Mercer Tennis Hall of Fame Committee. He serves as host for numerous tournaments, including the NJSIAA Championships, the USTA Adult Sectional Championships, the USTA Senior Championships, the NEC College Championships, and the National High School Invitational Championships. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1991 from East Carolina University, where he was captain of the men's tennis team (Div. 1).

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