A new era for Mules tennis

New hire Jason Toedter navigates first months as coach

Courtesy of Muhlenberg Athletics

Jason Toedter was named the new Muhlenberg College head men’s and women’s tennis coach in July 2018. Toedter is familiar to the Lehigh Valley having played tennis at Moravian College. He was named the MAC champion and player of the year in 2004. He was selected for all-conference four times and is the all-time wins leader at his alma mater with 54. At the end of his playing days, he was given the prestigious honor of being added to the MAC 100 Century Team for the 1994-2003 decade.

Toedter began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Moravian College from 2005 – 2007, and eventually became the associate head coach for the women’s team in 2010. While coaching the Greyhound women, he led them to a MAC Championship, a Landmark Conference Championship and multiple NCAA Tournament bids.

His successes with Moravian led to him being part of the Landmark coaching staff of the year. In the past two years, he had been coaching at Delaware Valley University.

It is a new era for Muhlenberg Tennis with Coach Toedter leading the charge. The new tennis coach opened his Muhlenberg men’s tennis career with a men’s win against his alma mater in a 9-0 victory. However the women could not find the same kind of success. They lost 8-1 at the paws of the Greyhounds.

The only other event the men’s team team will attend in the fall of 2018 is the ITA Southeast Regional tournament in Fredericksburg, Virginia. That tournament will take place from Sept. 29-30.

In the Women’s ITA event senior Shelby Knafo and freshman Caroline Armknecht both won matches and moved past the first round. Armknecht made it to the Flight C Singles final and Knafo to the Flight D quarterfinal. For the women, the fall season concluded at the regional event.

The new coach is excited about this opportunity going forward. “When I felt the determination and commitment of the players and the enthusiastic, supportive character of the athletic department, I realized that Muhlenberg is the best possible environment for me to excel as a coach. I am excited to get to work and that is a great feeling,” Toedter said.

With a light schedule of just a few events in the fall, the Mules will look to really get the Toedter era rolling in the spring, which is their main season.


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