July 19, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s tennis team added Rob Gurden to the coaching staff, head coach Laura Glitz announced on Friday. Gurden joins the Boilermakers after 18 years as a private and group tennis instructor.
“I am very excited to have Rob join our staff,” said Glitz. “He brings a wealth of tennis knowledge, a passion for the game, and a commitment to Purdue that will help take our program to the next level.”
Most recently, Gurden was the Director of Tennis at Milford Indoor Tennis in Connecticut. There, he managed and developed the tennis program for adults, juniors, leagues, tournaments, and special events. Prior to his stint at Milford, Gurden spent a year at the Intensity Tennis Academy in Norwalk, Conn., where he was the Director of High Performance and Junior Development. There, he worked with over 100 players including more than 25 who traveled on the USTA/ITF national circuit.
Gurden also spent nearly four years at Rob Gurden Tennis in both Texas and California. He served as a High Performance Tennis Coach and Strength and Conditioning Specialist. The new Purdue assistant was a full time coach to numerous ATP, WTA, ITF, and USTA players including some ranked in the top 500 in the world.
Gurden also spent eight years working as the junior tennis director at the Midtown Athletic Club at Bannockburn just outside Chicago. He specialized in identifying and improving young talent as well as strength and conditioning. Gurden worked directly with one of the Big Ten’s best men’s tennis players in recent years, Evan King of Michigan. King was ranked No. 1 in 2009 for USTA Boys 18s and eventually played at Michigan where he left the program with the most combined wins in program history with 195. Gurden is known for his high energy and creative approach to the game. He teaches his players to be problem-solvers and true believers in what they do on the court.
A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., Gurden played at the top singles and doubles spots all four years. He was ranked top-20 nationally in Division II and was the team captain and MVP as a senior.
Gurden will officially join the Boilermakers on Aug. 1. The team returns five of its top six singles and doubles players and six individuals overall. Purdue also adds three very talented newcomers that will boost a lineup that led Purdue to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a fourth place Big Ten finish, and tied the program record for most wins in a season with 18 in 2013.