Ki Kroll enters his second season as the men’s tennis head coach for Northern Arizona. Kroll was been hired as the new head coach of the Northern Arizona men's tennis team, announced Aug. 11, 2013 by Dr. Lisa Campos, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. Kroll brings an extensive coaching experience, including the collegiate, tennis club and youth ranks, with him to the Lumberjack men's tennis program following the last three seasons at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Kroll changed the culture of the men’s tennis program as the team made a complete turnaround from the 2013 season to the 2014 season for the Northern Arizona men's tennis team. In his first year leading the Lumberjacks, Kroll brought in a new attitude and led NAU to a 13-9 record, its most wins since the 2010 season. In 2012-13, Northern Arizona only managed to win six matches and the program looked for a new voice to lead this tennis program in the right direction. Fast forward to this season, Kroll and the men won their sixth match in the middle of March and the Lumberjacks were a force in the Big Sky finishing in third place proving the doubters wrong as NAU was picked to finish eighth in the preseason polls. It was a memorable season for the Lumberjacks as the squad rattled off winning streaks of four and six matches throughout the season with some memorable wins against Montana State, Grand Canyon and Sacramento State. After NAU's exceptional play, Kroll had juniors Jordan Gobatie and Kester Black named All-Big Sky Honorable Mention along with the freshman duo of Alexandre Locci and Fabio Tomasetti.
Kroll came to NAU after an impressive three-year stint as the head men's tennis coach at Southern Mississippi, in which he inherited a program that had NCAA violations to its name and helped them achieve a brief national ranking in his second season. Most recently, Kroll's Golden Eagles finished the 2013 season with a 15-10 record, which included an upset of No. 51 South Alabama. He proved to be a competitive recruiter as his 2011 recruiting class ranked No. 16 among mid-majors and included the top player from the UK. Kroll also landed the No. 1 player from Portugal in 2012.
Prior to Southern Mississippi, Kroll served as both the head men's tennis coach and assistant athletic director for business at Vassar College where he led the Brewers to three consecutive NCAA Division III Tournaments from 2008-10. He was a three-time Liberty League Coach of the Year during his five seasons. Over his coaching career, Kroll has coached four All-Americans, the 2010 and 2011 ITA Northeast Singles champion, the 2008 ITA Northeast Doubles champions, 18 All-Academic selections and one Capital One Academic All-American.
Kroll also has experience as the Director of Tennis at the Spanish Oaks Tennis Club and Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas, Nev. Most notably, he is credited with developing the Boys & Girls Club inner city tennis program into one of the most successful programs of its type in the country. A number of his former students have been ranked in the top-five nationally in the junior ranks and have represented the United States in international play. Several even went on to play Division I tennis as well as professionally.
"I feel like I bring experience and the ability to motivate players and make them better by giving them a strong understanding of how to play their game," Kroll said. "I'm passionate about tennis and although there will be a lot of new faces on the team, I'm looking forward to meeting with them and taking them in a new direction."
Kroll played collegiately at Penn State and received his bachelor's degree in History from Eastern New Mexico.