Tim Madden is in his 15th year as head coach of the Purdue men's tennis team. One of the most respected coaches in the Big Ten, Madden has turned the Boilermaker program into a contender on the conference, regional and national levels.
"I am thrilled to be at Purdue and am proud of what we've accomplished with this program," Madden says. "We've made a commitment to prepare our student-athletes to be winners in all facets of life. How we do in that regard has been and will continue to be how we measure our success."
After taking over a program that had endured seven consecutive losing seasons prior to his arrival, Madden has made winning a routine occurrence in West Lafayette. Despite posting an 8-16 record (0-10 Big Ten) in 1994-95, his first year at the helm of the Old Gold and Black, Madden engineered a great sophomore campaign that saw Purdue go 16-9 overall and 6-4 in the conference (sixth place). Madden was named Big Ten Coach of the Year following that 1995-96 season.
Madden and the Boilermakers won even more in 1996-97, recording marks of 18-7 and 8-2 (Big Ten, fifth place), while earning the school's first-ever bid to the NCAA Championships. In 1997-98, Purdue made another NCAA appearance after climbing to third place in the conference standings. In 1998-99, the Boilermakers placed second in the Big Ten, their highest finish in 74 years, and again played in the NCAA Championships.
Purdue received its fourth NCAA bid in 2000, and in 2001 the Boilermakers earned their sixth consecutive upper-division finish in the conference. Purdue tied for fourth in the Big Ten and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships in 2002. The Boilermakers posted a 13-8 overall record and a 7-3 Big Ten mark in 2003, finishing fourth in the conference. Another fourth-place conference finish followed in 2004. Purdue's uncharacteristic results over the last four years could be attributed to costly injuries to several veterans.
The Boilermakers are expected to rebound in 2008-09 if given a clean bill of health. Both Griff Nienberg and P.J. Rose are back to lead the team as seniors. The junior class has an international flavor that features two Serbs (Slavko Bijelica, Branko Kuzmanovic) and an Irishman (Paul Foley). Look for sophomore Eric Ramos and newcomers Matt Manasse (sophomore) and Thomas Wilson (freshman) to contribute, as well.
Overall, Madden's success has been due, in large part, to the combination of talent and character he has brought to Purdue. A proven recruiter, Madden has put together a stable of winners on the court and in the classroom. Consider the accomplishments of some of Madden's pupils: recent graduate Paul Rose was nationally ranked as high as No. 54 before taking his medical hardship season in 2006 due to knee surgery. P.J. Rose and Eric Hodgman also were ranked among the nation's top doubles teams in 2006.
Scott Mayer ('03) was nationally ranked in singles and attained a No. 20 ranking in doubles; Jason Marshall ('01) won two Big Ten Singles titles and earned berths to two NCAA Singles and one NCAA Doubles championships. Marshall was ranked as high as 17th in singles and 16th in doubles with Dan Swan.
Cris James ('99) and Derek Myers ('99) competed in the NCAA Doubles Championships in 1996 and 1997. James reached the top 10 with Myers and broke into the top 30 as a singles player. Jamie Gordon ('99), a nationally ranked singles competitor, won the 1997 ITA/Rolex Region IV title; and Swan ('02) was named a first team Academic All-American in 2001 and 2002. All told, Madden's charges have collected 12 All-Big Ten honors and have received Academic All-Big Ten laurels 56 times.
Madden came to West Lafayette from Northern Illinois, where he served as head coach for the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons. While at NIU, Madden's teams compiled a record of 34-21 overall and went 17-0 in the Mid-Continent Conference (6-0 in the postseason tournament). The Huskies won the conference title in 1993 and 1994, with Madden receiving Coach of the Year honors in the latter campaign.
A standout performer at Wisconsin, the Lewistown, Ill., native was a three-time All-Big Ten player and the recipient of the conference Sportsman of the Year Award in 1987 and 1988. The four-year letterman was the team captain and most valuable player his last two seasons, and earned a berth in the 1988 NCAA Championships as a senior, the same year he was a finalist for the Arthur Ashe National Sportsmanship Trophy. Madden graduated from Wisconsin owning a total of 23 team records and currently ranks No. 2 in career singles victories.
After earning his degree in economics from Wisconsin, Madden served as the assistant coach at Michigan, where he coached two All-Americans. He earned a master's degree in kinesiology in 1992.
Madden and his wife, Lori, have a son, Ryan (8th grade), and a daughter, Caitlin (6th grade). The Maddens reside in West Lafayette.