Ted Lauer has been elevated to head coach for Tommie Men's Tennis. A nine-year assistant tennis coach at St. Thomas, Lauer will continue to work with Terry Peck, who is set to start his 25th season as UST's Women's Tennis head coach.
Lauer has coached high-profile matches at the national, regional and conference levels, and helped the Tommies crown four ITA All-Americas, reach one NCAA tournament playoff, and claim three MIAC tournament finals berths.
He's contributed to both St. Thomas teams making the conference playoffs each of his nine seasons as an assistant. The women captured the conference playoff crown in 2015 and shared the regular-season championship in 2016. The men are perennial top-three MIAC finishers and have improved their winning percentage in each of the last four seasons.
A St. Paul native, Lauer played collegiate tennis in the conference for four years at St. John's University. He was selected to multiple All-MIAC teams and on three occasions was voted the Johnnies' hardest worker. He graduated with a degree in Biology and Sports Medicine.
The 31-year old Lauer has strong ties to the Twin Cities tennis community, having taught the sport in the area during the last 17 years. He is a certified USPTA teaching pro at Lifetime Fitness Fridley, where he's workedas part of a highly-respected staff with excellent playing and teaching credentials. He's served as USPTA Northern Section Board Vice President, and is also a member of the NSCA.
"For the past 10 years, Ted has worked hard to improve St Thomas tennis players on and off the court," Peck said of Lauer. "During this time, he has continued to improve his teaching and coaching methods. Ted cares and it shows."
Peck will start his 25th season as the St. Thomas women's head coach after the last 26 years as the men's head coach. He coached his 900th college tennis match last May. He has a combined men's and women's dual record of 660-241 (.733 win %).
Over the last four seasons, the Tommie women have built a 65-13 dual record. Over the last 19 seasons, the UST men have finished second or third in the men's conference standings 13 times. Peck's men's teams built a 293-130 over the last 23 years.
"I have done my utmost to respect all the mentors who came before me, and what I have learned from Coach Peck is invaluable," Lauer explained. "It's difficult to convey with words just how much my time at St. Thomas, and on the tennis court, has taught me.
"This is where I'm from and this is what I love to do ― I'm absolutely thrilled to continue working in my community, with St. Thomas student-athletes. The opportunity to do this new role is not one I approach lightly. Competing in the MIAC is a tall task, and it will take a tremendous effort to continue our growth and success."