Huntington University athletic director Lori Culler announced the hiring of Ignacio Poncio as the next men’s tennis coach at HU.

Poncio will return to his alma mater to head up a tennis program with has a rich tradition of success. The Argentinian native was a key in HU’s success during his four years in Forester green and white.

After playing at the No. 2 spot as a rookie, Poncio camped out at the top spot for the next three years during which he guided his team to a pair of third place finishes and a fourth place finish in the league standings. He was a four-time All-Conference honoree, a feat only five other players in program history can boast.

In addition to bringing playing experience to the position, he also has several years of coaching experience under his belt. Poncio spent last season as an assistant at HU. He also has more than five years experience giving private lessons and his resume includes coaching at Tenis Par Ciegos and Cordoba Golf Club.

“We are excited to add Ignacio as a head coach on our athletic staff,” said Culler. “As an alum of the tennis program and a former assistant coach, he brings knowledge of the team, our university and the Crossroads League which will help him hit the ground running.

“He also has great international connections to help bolster his recruiting efforts and a boatload of energy and enthusiasm that will serve him well in his new position. We are looking forward to Nacho’s leadership and how he will grow the program.”

Poncio graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2018 with a double major in Business Management and Marketing.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 42 NAIA All-America honors and 316 All-America Scholar Athlete honors.

In April, Huntington University announced the hiring of a new head basketball coach. Kory Alford took over the program from former coach Ty Platt who retired in March after 12 years with the university.