EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller has announced the hiring of Harry Jadun as the ninth head men’s tennis coach at MSU.
Jadun succeeds Gene Orlandowho was at the helm of the Spartans for 31 years.
A former All-American for the Spartans, Jadun just completed his fifth season as an assistant coach at MSU in 2021-22. He briefly served as an assistant coach for Illinois the past month before being appointed 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’m thrilled to name Harry Jadun As our next men’s tennis head coach,” said Haller. “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 building a program in all phases, from player development on and off the court, to recruiting and fund raising. I believe great things are on the horizon for our men’s tennis program under Harry’s leadership.”
“I’m extremely excited for this incredible opportunity to coach at my alma mater and a place I call home,” said Jadun. “Our program has a lot of positive momentum and is on an upward trajectory. My primary goal is to develop and sustain a winning culture on the court, in the classroom and in the community. We’re looking to recruit the best players and student -athletes to Michigan State and help develop them into professional players on the ATP Tour while having them earn their degrees.
“I want to thank Athletic Director Alan Haller for this opportunity and everyone who has supported me throughout this entire process and my career, from all the alumni to the administration to our donors. I also want to give a special thanks to Coach Orlando for all his mentorship and guidance throughout the years. I’m excited about the direction of the athletic department under Alan’s leadership and I’m looking forward to helping him carry out his vision of making Michigan State the premier athletic department in the country. I can’t wait to get started and represent this great university and athletic department as the head men’s tennis coach.”
During his time as an assistant at MSU, Jadun helped maintain the culture of academic success in the classroom while also developing players on and off the court. He assisted in all aspects of the program, from recruiting to fund raising to community outreach.
On the court, the Spartans have shown steady improvement the past two seasons, winning matches in the Big Ten Tournament in back-to-back years for the first time since 2013-14. Michigan State won 15 matches in 2021-22, the most overall wins for the program since 2011-12, and topped Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament. During the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, Michigan State claimed five Big Ten duals, 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 came back to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior. Winkler earned three Midwest Regional awards – Most Improved Senior, the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award and the Rafeal Osuna Sportsmanship Award – from the ITA in 2022.
In the classroom, Michigan State has been named an ITA All-Academic Team every year Jadun has been on staff. In addition, the team won the Athletic Director’s Award for a fourth consecutive year at the Spartan Academic Excellence Gala this spring for posting a department-high 3.702 grade point average. Four students compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA, including senior Carson Gates, who was a co-recipient of the President’s Award for having the highest GPA among graduating seniors in the athletic department. In winning the Athletic Director’s Award in 2020, the Spartans set a record with the highest cumulative GPA (3,812) since the inception of the award in 2001.
Jadun has also been very active in the community, organizing local tennis clinics in addition to coordinating the inaugural Capital City Tennis Classic tennis tournament in 2019, Michigan’s first men’s professional tennis tournament since 1988. He is the founder and board member of the Mid-Michigan Tennis Association.
In May 2021, Jadun was one of just 15 collegiate coaches chosen for the prestigious ITA/USTA College Coach Mentorship Programme. As part of the program, he completed the True North Sports Coach Development Academy to develop team philosophy, culture and structure.
Prior to joining the full-time Spartan staff in 2017, Jadun was a volunteer assistant coach with MSU while working for the United States Tennis Association Player Development at the national campus in Orlando, Florida, where he gained experience working with the top US players of all stages of development. Jadun traveled with Associated Tennis Professionals (ATP) Bjorn Fratangelo and Mackenzie McDonald, and shadowed Brad Stine, who has coached ATP Professionals Jim Courier, Sebastian Grosjean and Taylor Dent among other players. Additionally, Jadun received a high performance coaching certification from the USTA. During the summer of 2018, Jadun served as a traveling coach for Aleks Vukic (ATP career-high ranking of No. 117) across Europe on the ATP Tour while also cultivating relationships with fellow ATP players and coaches. Jadun also has experience working as a player liaison at the US Open.
A four-year Spartan letterwinner from 2011-15, Jadun was a part of the first Spartan doubles team to earn All-America honors in school history, as he advanced all the way to the semifinals of the 2015 NCAA Championships along with partner John Patrick Mullane. Jadun excelled in doubles for the Spartans, winning 82 doubles matches overall during his career, third most in school history. He also won 49 singles matches. Jadun ended his career in thrilling fashion, becoming one of just three All-Americans in program history after he and Mullane won three matches in the NCAA Doubles Championships in 2015. Jadun and Mullane knocked out the No. 2, No. 28 and No. 14 seeds en route to the semifinals, and the duo ended the season with a record of 21-15, including 8-1 in the Big Ten and 10 wins over ranked opponents. Overall, Jadun’s 26 doubles wins led the team that season while he also served as a team captain.
During his sophomore season in 2012-13, Jadun helped the Spartans to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and recorded a victory at No. 6 singles in the first-round matchup against Tulsa.
A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Jadun graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He was also active off the court at MSU, serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while participating in several community outreach activities.
A native of East Lansing, Jadun was a three-time captain and four-year letterwinner at East Lansing High School. He won an individual state title as a junior and helped the Trojans win the team state championships during his freshman and sophomore years. Jadun was a three-time all-state honoree and earned all-conference and all-district honors all four years.