UPERIOR, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Superior and Yellowjacket Athletics have announced head men’s and women’s tennis coach Kolin Dean (right) has resigned his position. Dean, who has been at UW-Superior since the university started the current incarnation of its tennis programs in 2017, will be leaving to pursue other opportunities outside of coaching.

Dean’s resignation is effective October 4, coinciding with the end of the tennis non-traditional season.

“When we joined the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference we knew it was a good opportunity to grow our varsity sports offerings, and that opportunity meant being in a position to add varsity men’s and women’s tennis,” said UW-Superior Athletics Director Nick Bursik.

“It’s no easy feat to build programs from scratch, but Kolin came in and did a great job. The university owes him a debt of gratitude for building outstanding programs and leaving the position in great shape. I can’t thank him enough for the job he did.”

In the first season, Dean led both the Yellowjacket men and women to third place finishes in the UMAC, qualifying them for the post-season. For his efforts, the Rhinelander, Wisconsin native was named the UMAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 2018. Last season both Yellowjacket teams again placed third during the UMAC regular season and earned a conference post-season berth.

“I’ve loved my time here at UW-Superior and it has been an honor to start this program. The encouragement and acceptance we’ve received from across the entire campus for our teams has been incredible,” Dean said. “Going forward I’m excited to spend more time with my family, but I’m also excited to watch this program grow and succeed for years to come.”

A national search to find Dean’s replacement will begin immediately.