For the past two seasons, Guillermo Gomez has been one of Illinois State's leaders on the tennis court. Following his successful tenure at Illinois State, Gomez, a native of San Tome, Venezuela will now take on a new role for the men's tennis program, as an assistant coach.
Gomez's hard work and dedication didn't go unnoticed while competing as an undergraduate as he was named team MVP for the 2004-05 season after achieving an 18-14 singles record. In his junior year, he had a team high 18 wins for the Redbirds. He was also 34-24 in doubles competition.
Prior to attending Illinois State, Gomez was ranked No. 25 in NAIA rankings during his sophomore year at Martin Methodist College. While competing in his native Venezuela he was ranked in the top-10 nationally.
In addition to his success on the court, Gomez is no stranger to the coaching ranks. He has coached at Illinois State's summer tennis camps as well as helped coach at Bloomington High School during the summer months.
Whether Gomez is on the court or watching and instructing he has shown to be a valuable asset to the tennis program.
"This is a great opportunity," said Gomez. "Now being on the coaching side, it makes you see and understand part of the game you didn't understand as a player. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to assist my former teammates and help lead them to victory."