Jarrod Epkey joined the Middle Tennessee coaching staff on Aug. 9, 2013.
“Jarrod is an up-and-comer as a coach in the college ranks,” said Borendame. “He was highly sought after this summer for a number of coaching opportunities and we are fortunate to have him. He has worked and played under the legendary Bill Richards at Ball State for over five years and has a wealth of coaching experience to add to our program. I look forward to the impact he will provide to our program as we continue to climb further up the national rankings.”
Epkey joins the Blue Raiders after coaching the past two seasons at his alma mater Ball State. At the Mid-American Conference (MAC) school in Muncie, Ind., Epkey worked under Richards, the winningest men’s tennis coach in MAC history.
While with the Cardinals, Epkey also served as a Junior Davis Cup assistant coach for the Central Indiana Tennis Association. Prior to his time in Muncie, he worked as an assistant coach at the University of Indianapolis from 2009-11. He also served as a tennis professional in locations ranging from San Diego, Calif., to Fort Collins, Colo., to the Lifetime Tennis Academy in Brisbane, Australia.
"I'm blessed to have amazing family, friends and coaches who support and encourage me,” said Epkey. “I'm privileged to be the new assistant tennis coach at Middle Tennessee and thankful for the opportunity Coach Borendame has given me. He has an outstanding work ethic and I believe in the vision he has for the program. There is reason why wherever he has coached, the program has been successful. I'm looking forward to working with Coach Borendame and getting to know the rest of the Middle Tennessee athletic staff.”
After competing his freshman year at Southern Indiana, Epkey transferred to Ball State for his sophomore season, where he teamed up with his brother Tony to go 25-8 in doubles competition during the 2005-06 campaign. Epkey garnered MAC Player of the Week honors in April of his sophomore year before going on to help the Cardinals to a MAC Championship by going undefeated in both singles and doubles play against Northern Illinois in the MAC Championships.
Epkey holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State, as well as a Master’s of Physical Education and Coaching from BSU.