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Penn State vs. Nebraska men's tennis

Nebraska head coach Kerry McDermott watches on during the Penn State-Nebraska men's tennis match at the NU Varsity Courts on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Former Nebraska men’s tennis coach Kerry McDermott has been named the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Daemen College, an NCAA Division II school in Amherst, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo.

McDermott, a Grand Island native and former No. 1 player at NU, coached the Huskers 37 seasons before NU athletic director Bill Moos decided in May not to renew his contract for next season. McDermott compiled a school-record 405 wins, led NU to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and ’11, and had 10 of his final 13 teams ranked in the season-ending Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 75 ratings.

McDermott had 11 individuals qualify for the NCAA Tournament, including Steven Jung, who was the national singles runner-up in 1989.

His NU teams won seven Herman Awards, presented annually to the Husker program with the highest combined grade-point average.

“His (McDermott’s) experience and qualifications speak for themselves, and he quickly rose to the top our candidate pool,” Daemen College interim athletic director Brandi Guerinot said in a news release Monday. “I am looking forward to everything Kerry will bring to our programs, and for the mentorship he will provide our student-athletes.”

McDermott has one year of experience coaching women’s college tennis, as he directed both the Husker men’s and women’s teams in 1988.

“I am excited and honored to be the next head coach at Daemen College,” McDermott said in the news release. “I am very grateful for the support over the last few weeks, and was very impressed with the college and entire community. I am anxious to get things started as soon as possible.”

Daemen, which began its tennis programs in 2012, went 10-14 on the women’s side this past season, while the men were 7-17.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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