EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State Vice President and Director of Athletics Alain Haller announced the hiring of Harry Jadon as the ninth head men’s tennis coach at MSU.
Jadun succeeds Gene Orlandowho led the Spartans for 31 years.
A former Spartans All-American, Jadun is coming off his fifth season as an assistant coach at MSU in 2021-22. He briefly served as an assistant coach at Illinois last month before being named head coach at Michigan State. Considered a rising star in the profession, Jadun, 28, was selected for the College Coach Mentorship Program last year by the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) and USTA (United States Tennis Association) and has been instrumental in improving the Spartans’ recruiting efforts over the past few seasons.
“I am delighted to appoint Harry Jadon as our next men’s tennis head coach,” Haller said. “Harry has a passion for Michigan State and understands the landscape of what it takes to be a successful student-athlete. He has created meaningful and positive relationships with our current players, alumni, campus partners and community that will only continue to grow in his role as head coach. He also understands the importance of developing a program at all stages, from player development on and off the field, to recruiting and fundraising. I believe great things are on the horizon for our men’s tennis program under Harry’s leadership.”
“I am extremely excited for this incredible opportunity to coach at my alma mater and a place that I call home,” Jadun said. “Our program has a lot of positive momentum and is on an upward trajectory. My main goal is to develop and sustain a winning culture on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We seek to recruit the best players and student-athletes in the State of Michigan and help them become professional players on the ATP Tour while allowing them to obtain their diplomas.
“I would like to thank the sporting director Alain Haller for this opportunity and all those who have supported me throughout this process and my career, from all the alumni to the administration to our donors. I also want to give special thanks to Coach Orlando for all of his mentorship and guidance over the years. I am excited about the leadership of the Athletic Department under Alan’s leadership and look forward to helping him achieve his vision of making Michigan State the premier athletic department in the nation. I can’t wait to get started and represent this great varsity and athletic department as the men’s tennis head coach.”
During his time as an assistant at MSU, Jadun helped maintain the culture of academic achievement in the classroom while developing players on and off the court. He was involved in all aspects of the program, from recruitment to fundraising to community outreach.
On the court, the Spartans have shown steady improvement over the past two seasons, winning Big Ten tournament games back-to-back for the first time since 2013-14. Michigan State has won 15 games in 2021-22, the most wins overall for the program since 2011-12, and topped Purdue in the Big Ten tournament. In the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, Michigan State won five Big Ten matchups, the most for the program since 2014, including a win at No. 48 Iowa. Jadun helped mentor recent graduate Jack Winker, who returned to action in 2021-22 after being medically sidelined for two seasons and returned to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors in as a senior. Winkler won three regional Midwest awards — Most Improved Senior, Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, and Rafeal Osuna Sportsmanship Award — from the ITA in 2022.
In class, Michigan State has been named an ITA All-Academic Team each year. Jadun was on staff. Additionally, the team won the Athletic Director’s Award for a fourth straight year at the Spartan Academic Excellence Gala this spring for posting a 3.702 GPA, the highest in the department. Four students compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA, including senior Carson Doors, who was a co-recipient of the President’s Award for having the highest GPA among senior Athletic Department graduates. By winning the Athletic Director’s award in 2020, the Spartans set a record with the highest GPA (3.812) since the award’s inception in 2001.
Jadun has also been very active in the community, hosting local tennis clinics in addition to coordinating the inaugural Capital City Tennis Classic tennis tournament in 2019, the first men’s professional tennis tournament in Michigan since 1988. He is the founder and member of the Mid-Michigan Board of Directors. Tennis club.
In May 2021, Jadun was one of 15 college coaches chosen for the prestigious ITA/USTA College Coach Mentorship Program. As part of the program, he attended the True North Sports Coach Development Academy to develop the team’s philosophy, culture and structure.
Prior to joining Spartan’s full-time staff in 2017, Jadun volunteered as an assistant coach with MSU while working for the United States Tennis Association’s player development at the national campus in Orlando, Florida, where he gained experience working with top American players at all stages of development. Jadun traveled with Associate Tennis Professionals (ATP) Bjorn Fratangelo and Mackenzie McDonald, and shadowed Brad Stine, who coached ATP professionals Jim Courier, Sebastian Grosjean and Taylor Dent, among other players. Additionally, Jadun received a USTA High Performance Coach certification. During the summer of 2018, Jadun was a traveling coach for Aleks Vukic (117th career ATP rank) across Europe on the ATP Tour while cultivating relationships with other ATP players and coaches. Jadun also has experience as a player liaison at the US Open.
A four-year Spartan letter winner from 2011-2015, Jadun was part of the first Spartan doubles team to earn All-America honors in school history, as he qualified for the halfbacks. 2015 NCAA Championship Finals with partner John Patrick. Mullane. Jadun excelled in doubles for the Spartans, winning 82 doubles matches in total during his career, the third in school history. He also won 49 singles matches. Jadun ended his career in exciting fashion, becoming one of only three All-Americans in program history after he and Mullane won three games at the NCAA Doubles Championships in 2015. Jadun and Mullane eliminated the No. 2, No. 28 and No. 2. 14 seeds en route to the semifinals, and the pair finished the season with a 21-15 record, including 8-1 in the Big Ten and 10 wins on ranked opponents. Overall, Jadun’s 26 doubles wins led the team that season while he was also team captain.
In his sophomore season in 2012-13, Jadun helped the Spartans to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and recorded a sixth-overall singles win in the opening round game against Tulsa.
A three-time selection to the Academic All-Big Ten, Jadun earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 2015. He has also been active off the field at MSU, serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while participating in several community outreach activities.
Originally from East Lansing, Jadun was a three-time captain and four-year winner at East Lansing High School. He won an individual state title as a junior and helped the Trojans win the tag team state championships in his freshman and sophomore years. Jadun was a three-time All-State Honoree and earned all-conference and all-district honors for all four years.