Bethel plays in the MIAC, a strong division III conference. Last year Bethel post a school record for wins finishing 19-5 and 4th in the conference. Bethel also plays a strong non-conference schedule as well as an annual spring break trip to Florida or Hawaii.
Post Season Highlights
2014 MIAC Playoff Team
2014 MIAC Playoff Team
2013 - All Conference - Tucker Morris and Reggie Ronning
2013 - Arthur Ashe Award Winner (recognized as the highest honor a deserving senior in the country can achieve) - Tucker Morris
2013 - Academic All-Conference - Steven Schull and Reggie Ronning
2014 - All Conference - Matt Schull, Kolin Kiekhoefer and Luke Palmquist
2015- All Conference - Matt Schull, Kolin Kiekhoefer, and Luke Palmquist
2016 - All Conference - Matt Schull (third time), Kolin Kiekhoefer (third time), Luke Palmquist (third time) and freshman Hunter Fernelius
2016- Matt Schull - Selected Academic All-District, nominated for Academic All-American
Fall 2016 - Sophomores Henry Morris and Hunter Fernelius - ITA Midwest Doubles Champions
Drew Fernelius enters his 5th year as the new men's and women's tennis coach. A former Minnesota State High School Tennis Champion and two-time NCAA Tennis All-American at the University of St. Thomas, Fernelius brings exceptional depth that will enhance player's on-the-court performance and off-the-court experience.
* Led the men's program to the playoffs in 2014 for the first time in 6 years and beating St Thomas for the first time in school history
* School record 19-5 and 4th place finish in the MIAC in 2016
* Led the women's program to their first ever MIAC playoff appearance in 20113
*2016 MIAC coach of the Year and playoff appearance
* Men's team finished four spots higher (4th) than they were picked to finish in the MIAC Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll
* Tucker Morris presented the 2013 MIAC Arthur Ashe Award, the first Royal to earn the MIAC's highest honor
* Morris and Reggie Ronning named MIAC All-Conference as singles players and doubles partners in 2013
* Matt Schull, Kolin Kiekhofer and Luke Palmquist were all named to the MIAC All-Conference team in 2014, 2015, and 2016, Freshman Hunter Fernelius All-Conference 2016
ROBBINSDALE ARMSTRONG SUCCESS
* Increased participation by 25 percent and tripled the number of winning matches for both teams within just two seasons at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
* 2009 Section 6AA Coach of the Year
* Two-time NCAA Division III All-American at the University of St. Thomas
* Minnesota High School State Champion at New London-Spicer High School
* Served as the Assistant Director of Spiritual Growth at Cornerstone Church in Crystal, Minn., helping to train and develop personal and spiritual growth in people of all ages
* Lives in New Hope with his wife, Lisa, and their five children; Hunter, Ben, Mikaela, Faith and Gracie
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT COACH FERNELIUS
"Coach Fernelius has pumped a lot of intensity into the program. He demonstrated and instilled the value of hard work for our team, which led to visible improvements in our tennis play and camaraderie on the team throughout the course of the season. His dedication to the team and to the players as individuals is readily apparent, which will be so helpful for the program moving forward."
--Tucker Morris, 2013 MIAC Arthur Ashe Award Winner
"Drew Fernelius is a gifted leader who is casting a compelling vision for the future of Bethel tennis, says Athletic Director Bob Bjorklund. His high energy spirit and engaging demeanor will serve him well as he takes over as head coach. Bjorklund continues, Drew will mobilize our men's and women's teams with his commitment to team building and competitive excellence. I am excited for our tennis student athletes and thrilled to bring his many talents into the culture of our athletic department".
"I am incredibly excited for this opportunity to coach tennis at Bethel University, says Fernelius. I believe it will be an excellent opportunity to combine my passion for tennis and ministry, and I am pumped for the chance to lead this program. I love helping young tennis players reach their top potential and plan on building a championship team."