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Wichita State men’s tennis coach Brad Louderback suspended, won’t coach in NCAAs

WSU tennis coach Brad Louderback, right, works with Sergio de Vilchez in April.
WSU tennis coach Brad Louderback, right, works with Sergio de Vilchez in April. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State men’s tennis coach Brad Louderback is suspended and will not coach the team in its NCAA regional this weekend. In a news release, WSU said Louderback is suspended “due to an internal review into team operations which began May 4.”

Louderback, 58, was not at practices this week and did not return a request for comment on Thursday or Friday. The suspension is not related to NCAA violations, interim athletic director Darron Boatright said.

The Shockers won the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, with Louderback coaching, on May 1 at Coleman Tennis Complex. They open NCAA play on Saturday against Arkansas in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday. Assistant coach Kevin Montisanto will coach the team.

Health issues kept Louderback from traveling with the Shockers during the season. Louderback was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December and underwent surgery on Jan. 20. Two weeks later, he developed a hernia. He attended practices and coached home meets.

Louderback came to WSU in 2007 and won the MVC tournament in 2010, 2013 and 2016, qualifying for NCAA play each time. The Shockers also won their first MVC regular-season title since 1997 this spring.

Louderback is a native of Arkansas City and coached at Illinois, Oklahoma State and Cowley College before coming to WSU. Jay Louderback, his brother, coached WSU’s women’s team for seven seasons and played for the Shockers. Jay Louderback has coached women’s tennis at Notre Dame since 1989. Jan Louderback, their sister, also played for WSU.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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