FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Bobby Valentine, Executive Director of Athletics at Sacred Heart University, announced on Tuesday that Mike Guastelle will transition to a full-time administrative role in the 2017-18 academic year. Guastelle relinquishes his role as head men's and women's tennis coach, and a nationwide search is currently underway to fill that position.
"Mike is an integral part of our department and is well respected by student-athletes, coaches and administrators across campus," said Valentine. "I know that stepping aside from his coaching duties was a difficult decision, but he has left both our tennis programs in excellent position to excel in the future. "
Guastelle was instrumental in starting the SHU tennis program in 1994, and has been the only head women's tennis coach in program history. In 23 years coaching tennis at Sacred Heart, Guastelle had 262 wins with 182 as head women's coach and 80 as head men's coach. Under his direction, the Pioneers reached the 2004 Northeast Conference men's tennis championship match and the women's team won the 2005 New England Championship. The 1997 New England Collegiate Conference Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, Guastelle coached 25 different players that earned All-Conference Honors.
SHU women's tennis has excelled in the classroom under Guastelle's tutelage. The program has been selected as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I All-Academic Team 15 times in the last 16 years, and has had 35 student-athletes named ITA Division I Scholar Athlete.
"I'd like to thank my current players, tennis alumni, parents and friends of SHU Tennis for all the support they have given me over the past 23 years as head coach," said Guastelle. "I look forward to working with Bobby, Brad [Hurlbut], and all of our coaches in my new administrative role here at Sacred Heart University."
Guastelle will serve as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations and Sport Administration. In that role he will be responsible for the planning, development, budgeting and day-to-day internal operation of the Athletics Department. This includes the team travel for SHU's 32 Division I athletic programs, oversight of athletic facility management, and scheduling.