Rick Halverson has served as the men's and women's tennis coach at Adrian College since Aug. 1, 2016.
In his first season with the Bulldogs, Halverson saw the men go 12-9 overall and qualify for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association for the fourth year in a row. Joey Loselle earned All-MIAA first team honors for the third consecutive season and Halverson developed junior Brandon Brom into a second-team pick for the first time. On the women's side, Adrian defeated a pair of scholarship programs in NCAA Division II Kentucky Wesleyan, 7-2, and NAIA Division I St. Francis (Ind.), 6-3, while the Bulldogs had their best home record in two seasons (5-3).
During the 2017-18 campaign, Halverson coached 14 student-athletes onto the academic all-conference team between the two programs. The Bulldog men went 3-1 against NAIA-scholarship competition and qualified for the MIAA Tournament for the fifth year in a row, while the women finished with their best road record (3-3) since the 2013-14 team.
Prior to Adrian, Halverson was the head tennis coach and game event coordinator at Finlandia University in Hancock, dating back to August 2015. He recruited the first class and developed a schedule as the Lions fielded men's and women's tennis programs for the first time last fall.
Halverson is no stranger to the MIAA after serving as the women's head coach at Olivet College during the 2012-13 season. He coached Caitlin LaValley to All-MIAA Second Team honors who also was a four-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association academic standout. The Comets were an ITA All-Academic Team and had six individuals honored, and he produced five academic all-conference performers.
"Rick has seen success at the high school level, as a collegiate student-athlete and a coach at the NCAA level," Athletics Director Duffy said at the time of his hiring. "His knowledge of the state of Michigan, the MIAA and teaching student-athletes will serve him well here at Adrian College as we look to continue elevating our men's and women's tennis programs."
"Adrian College has an outstanding tradition of athletics success," stated Halverson. "I'm very excited for the opportunity to contribute to that tradition with both tennis programs. My past coaching (experience) in the MIAA has given me a great awareness of the tough competition and what it takes for a tennis program to be successful in this conference.
"I am enthusiastic about doing everything I can to help our tennis student-athletes achieve success," he added.
A native of Marquette, Halverson was a three-time Upper Peninsula champion at Marquette Senior High School where he graduated in 2003. He then played NCAA Division II tennis at Michigan Technological University for four seasons.
Following his 2010 MTU graduation with a biology degree, he spent five seasons (2007-12) as an assistant coach with the Michigan Tech Huskies. From 2013 to 2015, he led both the men's and women's programs at NCAA Division III Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.