Summer isn’t an off-season for Central College men’s and women’s tennis coach Steve Tyler. Summer is his chance to exchange the whistle for a racket and to see if he can practice what he preaches. Tyler competed in seven doubles tournaments this summer, most recently finishing in the quarterfinals at the United States Tennis Association father-daughter grass court championship earlier this month at the Longwood Cricket Club in Massachusetts.
Tyler and his daughter Hilary, an assistant women’s tennis coach at Rutgers University, won two rounds before being topped by the No. 2 seed and eventual champion, a pair from Maryland that included a two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree.
He won’t completely ditch the racket, but he’s picked up the whistle again, as Central’s tennis players on back on campus and practicing. The Dutch are slated to begin their fall campaign September 3rd, tackling Coe and Cornell in a triangular at Cedar Rapids.