Nate Feldman is in his first season on the Blue Raider staff after spending last season at North Carolina as announced by head men's tennis coach Jimmy Borendame.
Feldman comes to Middle Tennessee after working as a full-time volunteer for the women's tennis team at the University of North Carolina and stints as women's assistant tennis coach at both Harvard and Virginia Tech University.
"Coach Feldman has global coaching experience, from coaching the best juniors in the world in South American to the No. 1 women's team in the nation in Division I college tennis. He has a wealth of coaching experience and I am excited to work with him this season," Borendame said. "I know our players will enjoy working with him as well and learn a great deal."
During the 2009-2010 season at UNC, Feldman assisted 2010 ITA National Coach of the Year, Brian Kalbas, and helped guide the Tar Heels to their finest season in program history, breaking numerous school records. The Tar Heels surged in the ITA national rankings from No. 20 to No. 1, following a run to the finals of the prestigious National Indoors.
They achieved the No. 1 ranking a total of four times, defeated eight Top-10 opponents, won the regular season ACC title with a perfect 11-0 mark, made the finals of the ACC conference tournament, and finished with a record of 30-5. Feldman's assistance also resulted in the team arriving to NCAA team semifinals, finishing the year with a final ITA ranking of No. 3, and qualifying four players to the NCAA Individual Championships.
Prior to his stint at UNC, Feldman worked as travel coach for numerous players on the ATP, WTA, ITF and USTA circuits. He has traveled with high-performance players to nearly every major junior and professional event held in North and South America. Fluent in Spanish, Feldman has been heavily involved in competitive tennis in Colombia, has provided numerous charity clinics in the city of Medellin, and has given countless hours of free scholarship consulting, resulting in the placement of a number of top Latin tennis players into Division I programs.
In 2005-06, Feldman also served as an assistant women's tennis coach at Virginia Tech. He helped Virginia Tech to one of their highest national team rankings. Other highlights while working with the Hokies included helping them capture their first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference win, placing a school-record six players in the individual rankings and qualifying a player into the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
An active coach and sparring partner for a number of touring professionals, Feldman worked two months with 2005 French Open women's quarterfinalist Sesil Karatantcheva. In May of 2005, he also traveled to southern Sweden, studying high-performance coaching under the direction of former Swedish Davis Cup coach and tennis legends, Carl-Axel Hageskog, Stefan Edberg and Magus Larson.
Feldman, 28, played college tennis at the University of Minnesota, where he was a letterwinner and member of the 2002-03 Golden Gopher squad that finished No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranked team in school history. He was a three-time All-Big Ten Academic selection and a four-time scholar athlete, graduating with distinction. He holds a B.S. in sport studies, Minnesota State coaching certification, and a Master's degree in kinesiology and sports management. He is also a PTR certified "Professional" and was the youngest coach in the USTA Northern section to earn the distinction of "High Performance Certified."