TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Associate head coach Ryler DeHeart has accepted a position at the USTA National campus as a coach focusing on 14 and 15-year-olds.
In DeHeart’s three seasons at Florida State, he helped the team reach new heights, including a program-best 28-5 record in 2018.
“We appreciated everything Ryler and his wife Megan have done for Florida State tennis over the last three years,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We wish them the best with their new venture at the USTA in Lake Nona, Fla. working with the best junior players in the country. Ryler will be known for his hard work on the court and his competitive spirit. He will specifically be known for helping us win big matches over Wake Forest, Virginia and twice against Florida, in which he swam across the lake at the USTA Campus. He was also a part of a lot of close wins over numerous top-25 teams.”
DeHeart helped coach the Seminoles to back-to-back wins over Florida (2017 and 2018) as well as a win over top-ranked and eventual National Champs Wake Forest in 2018.
His on-court coaching and leadership helped the Seminoles have eight All-ACC team honors amongst four different individuals in the last three years, including first team honors from Aziz Dougaz (2017-18) and Lucas Poullain (2019). In 2018, Florida State had three individuals qualifying for the NCAA Singles Championship for the first time in school history.
For his outstanding coaching in 2018, he was named ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year, becoming the fourth FSU coach to earn such a distinction.
DeHeart helped continue the winning traditions of Florida State as he helped lead them to the 15th, 16th and 17th straight trips to the NCAA tournament. His coaching abilities helped put the Seminoles in position to host their first Regional in Tallahassee (2018) since 2009.
“Our team will miss all the competitive games and hitting that he did and his drive as a coach in the player development arena,” said Hultquist.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Coach Hultquist, Mr. Curry and the Florida State athletic department for giving me this great opportunity here at FSU and your continued support,” said Ryler DeHeart. “I would not have traded my time here for anything and we will always be a part of the Nole family.”
“I would also like to thank the players and staff that have come thru our program for their hard work and commitment to making our FSU men’s tennis team better each and every day. We will miss all of them and although we are very excited about our next adventure, it is never easy to say goodbye. Go, Noles!”