“Grabbing the baton and leading the charge in building the tennis program at NCU is an opportunity I am grateful for and beyond thrilled about,” Tuff told ncurams.com in November. “I look forward to creating a positive and competitive culture and continuously striving for improvement in all that we do on and off and the court.”
Tuff has never coached at the college level, but she has five years of high school coaching experience. She is also an active player, competing through Tennis Link and the USTA Northern League, where she holds a 4.5 player rating.
“Carin brings a well-rounded background in her sport, faith and life to North Central to lead our men’s and women’s tennis student-athletes,” Johnson told ncurams.com. “I look forward to watching our programs’ continued growth under her leadership.”
The Rams’ tennis programs face an uphill climb. The women’s team went 1-12 in 2017, with the lone win coming against Minnesota Morris. The men’s team lost the only meet they competed in. After postponing two meets and forfeiting the next four due to lack of participation, the rest of the men’s 2017 season was canceled.