July 9, 2014
EAST LANSING, Michigan - Michigan State women's tennis head coach Simone Jardim announced today that Tyler Faulkner has been promoted to Associate Head Coach. Faulkner has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach on the Spartan staff.
"Tyler has been a committed member of our program for the past three years," said Jardim. "I felt like the promotion was a great way to recognize him for his hard work and dedication. I am looking forward to continuing our partnership."
"My wife and I have felt like part of the MSU community from day one, so I'm excited about the expanded responsibility and commitment that comes along with this promotion," said Faulkner. "I hope to be able to continue our very stable team dynamic and environment."
During Faulkner's first three seasons at Michigan State, the Spartans have increased their win total each season, being capped by a 17-9 record in 2013-14, including a 5-6 Big Ten mark. The 17 overall wins and the five conference victories last season were the most since 1990-91.
Faulkner came to MSU after four seasons as the men's and women's assistant coach at Troy University. Before Troy, Faulkner was a volunteer assistant coach for the men's team at Alabama for one season and an assistant coach for men's and women's teams at his alma mater Berry College from 2006-08. Faulkner started his coaching career at Colby College in Waterville, Maine during the 2005-06 season.
Faulkner started his collegiate tennis career at Georgia Perimeter College. During his freshman season he earned a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship. At Georgia Perimeter, Faulkner earned three All-American honors in singles and doubles. Faulkner then transferred to Berry College and was a two-time NAIA All-American in doubles and never dropped below a top-10 national ranking. The former doubles standout led the Vikings to the NAIA National Tournament twice in his tenure, advancing to the quarterfinals his junior season.
Faulkner graduated from Berry in 2005 with a degree in communications with a concentration in public relations. He earned his master's degree in sport and fitness management at Troy University in 2010.