NORTH MANCHESTER - Manchester University alum Joel Eichenauer ('91) returns to his alma mater as the head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs.

Eichenauer had previously served as the interim men's tennis coach during the 1991-92 academic year and helped lead the transition of Manchester tennis from the NAIA ranks to NCAA Division III.

From 1993 until 1996, Eichenauer served as the Mason High School (Mich.) boys junior varsity and girls varsity tennis coach. While at Mason High School, Eichenauer was able to grow a roster from 22 players to 57.

A fixture in the North Manchester tennis community for the past decade, Eichenauer has served as the head tennis coach of both the boys and girls tennis programs at local Manchester High School.

Eichenauer led the Manchester boys tennis program from 2009 until 2015. Taking over a winless program in his first season, Eichenauer helped guide the Squires to a pair of 13 win campaigns in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Coach Eichenauer also led Manchester High School to its first sectional title in nine years.

Coach Eichenauer has led the Manchester High School girls tennis team since 2011. Over the past nine years, the Manchester High School girls tennis program has compiled a 102-48 overall record and earned conference and sectional championships in 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Eichenauer also serves as an elementary school teacher at Manchester Elementary School. He is married to fellow Manchester alum, Dr. Lori Zimmerman ('92). Eichenauer' s son, Connor, was a standout tennis player for the Black & Gold and graduated from Manchester in 2019. Eichenauer' s daughter, Karly, is a senior captain this year on the women's tennis team.

The Manchester University men's and women's tennis teams are scheduled to compete in several matches this fall.