Former 2-Time ACC Champ Cloer Named Men's Tennis Assistant
July 5, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – Mat Cloer, a two-time ACC Player of the Year and former assistant coach at Florida State, has been named assistant coach for the NC State men’s tennis team, Wolfpack head coach Jon Choboy announced on Thursday.
Named the league’s top player in 2003 and ’04, Cloer was also a three-time All-ACC selection for the Seminoles during his playing career. In 2005, he became the program’s first ever men’s singles All-American. He finished his career with 85 career wins and 69 doubles victories.
He then served as a volunteer assistant for one season before taking a full-time position with his alma mater.
“I’ve known Mat since he was a player at Florida State and am excited to have him as part of our program,” Choboy said. “I tried to hire him before right after he finished his college career, but he decided to play professionally instead.
“I’m excited that we can bring him on board now to help develop the players on our team.”
During his four years as an assistant, Cloer helped lead the Seminoles to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Championships Sweet Sixteen and was named the 2009-10 South Region Assistant Coach of the Year. He helped recruit two Top 10 recruiting classes, two All-Americans, one ACC Player of the Year and six All-ACC selections.
“There is no doubt Mat brings a lot of experience and a lot of accomplishment to our team,” Choboy said. “He was well received by the players, because they know he has done the things they all want to accomplish.”
Since May 2011, Cloer has been the head professional at the Cary Tennis Park, the annual site of the ACC Tennis Championships. He ran the day-to-day operations of the 29-court park and served as the top instructor.
Cloer replaces former assistant Stephen Ward, who returned to graduate school to pursue his Master’s of business administration.
Cloer, a native of Brevard, N.C., was North Carolina’s top-ranked junior at in the 14, 16 and 18 divisions and was ranked in the top 10 nationally before beginning his All-American career with the Seminoles. He graduated from FSU in 2006 with a degree in sports management. He played in multiple international tournaments on the ATP Futures Tour from 2003-2006, with a career-best ranking of 830 in singles and 690 in doubles.
He also spent one summer as the head teaching pro at Manursing Country Club in Rye, N.Y.
Cloer graduated from Florida State in 2006 with a degree in sports management. He is married to the former Lauren Hoffert. The couple, who reside in Cary, has a son, Kaes, and daughter, Kamdyn.