Hammel Named Interim Women's Tennis Coach at Anderson

Hammel Named Interim Women's Tennis Coach at Anderson

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Michaela Hammel has been named the interim head coach for the Anderson University women's tennis program.
 
If the name sounds familiar, she is the daughter of long-time coach Sue Hammel, who stepped down after 26 seasons as the team's coach. Michaela Hammel played at AU from 2011-14. She was an All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection and was an assistant coach on the 2015 HCAC semifinalist team.
 
Michaela Hammel will be aided on staff by associate coach Jim Hostetler, a 1974 AU grad and member of the AU Athletics Hall of Fame. Hostetler was inducted in 2006. He was a conference champion and district runner-up as an AU men's tennis player and was the program's first to go to the NAIA national tournament (1971). Following his playing days, he coached the program for 13 years (1975-87).
 
"I'm grateful for former AU tennis player Michaela Hammel's willingness to step up and assume the role of interim coach of the women's program following Sue Hammel's retirement late this past summer," said AU athletics director Marcie Taylor.  "She and assistant coach Jim Hostetler, former AU men's tennis head coach and AU Hall of Fame member, will provide quality leadership and stability during this time of transition."
 
AU opens the season Sept. 3 at the Franklin Doubles Tournament. The first home match is Sept. 14 against Manchester.