The Seward County Saints took their time to find their new Assistant Tennis Coach, but the wait paid off as Wednesday it was announced that former NJCAA National Champion John Haley had joined Jerry Thorís staff for the 2012-2013 school year.

Haley comes to Seward after a brief stint as a graduate assistant at Tyler Junior College where he helped the Apaches to a National Championship on the Womenís side and a 2nd place finish at the National Tournament on the Menís side. At Tyler, Haley coached seven NJCAA All-Americanís, including the Rookie of the Year and a pair of tournament Players to Watch.
During his playing days Haley compiled a heck of a resume. He started at Tyler, winning the NJCAA National Tournament at #2 doubles as a freshman and finishing as the runner-up as a sophomore. In singles, he could almost taste the National Championship in #4 singles as a sophomore, playing a three set classic with Leury Arias of Laredo, dropping the third set tiebreak 6-4 to finish as the runner-up. In both seasons with the Apaches, Tyler finished 2nd in the team standings, coming up just points short of winning a National title both seasons behind Laredo.
Upon completion of his days at Tyler, Haley moved on to Cleveland State University where he played for the Division I Vikings for two seasons. While at Cleveland State, Haley won an impressive 41 matches in singles play and 55 doubles matches in his two seasons. He was a two-time Horizon League Champion and helped the Vikings to an ITA Top 75 ranking for the first time in school history. His 29 doubles wins as a senior set a school record at Cleveland State and on the singles side, Haley cracked the top 10 in all-time wins in just two seasons.
Haley earned a Bachelorís Degree in Psychology from Cleveland State in 2011. He is originally from San Antonio, Texas.