The McPherson College men’s and women’s tennis teams got their coach.

After the departure of Justin Stuckey back in late June, the Bulldogs have hired 2003 McPherson High graduate Dustin Wheeler to lead both programs.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to return home, and be apart of the Bulldog family.” Wheeler said.

Wheeler will have big shoes to fill immediately, as both the men’s and women’s teams are coming off Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference titles last spring.

The men finished the year ranked 15th in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the women finished 22nd nationally. The men are back-to-back KCAC champs, while the women are working on their fourth in a row.

“I’m really excited about Dustin joining the family at McPherson College,” Bulldogs Athletic Director Andrew Ehling said. “He brings a unique wealth of knowledge and experience, that will help McPherson College and continue the success of our men’s and women’s tennis programs.”

Wheeler is making his collegiate coaching debut, but has been around the game of tennis since graduating from high school.

Wheeler has spent the past four years as a tennis director at Club 1 Fitness in Great Bend. Wheeler also spent a great amount of time at Genesis Health Clubs in Wichita and Salina.

Both the men’s and women’s tennis open up their season on Sept. 9 and 10 in Emporia.