Scott Wills is now in his 19th season as head coach of the Ohio Northern women’s tennis program.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native graduated from Ohio Northern in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He went on to earn his MBA from Ashland University in 1991.
Wills also serves as the Director of Development for the College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern.
In his 18 seasons, the Polar Bears have posted 368 wins with just 99 losses in addition to eight OAC Championships, making him the winningest coach in program history.
Wills ranks second on the all-time wins list in Ohio college tennis history, which includes all NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA coaches, and is first among all active Ohio women's college tennis coaches.
Under his guidance, ONU captured OAC Regular Season crowns in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011-13, and 2014-15 as well as OAC Tournament titles in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015.
The 2002 championship was the first-ever conference tournament title in ONU women's tennis program history.
In 2012, ONU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, the school's first-ever NCAA victory and best finish in school history. Wills also led the Polar Bears to the NCAA Division III Tournament Second Round during the 2014-15 season.
Wills has been named OAC Coach of the Year by his peers in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2012, and 2015.
The Polar Bears have also excelled in the classroom during his tenure with the team receiving Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic All-American Team honors each of the last 14 seasons.
Coach Wills has an extensive tennis background and is a certified professional through the United States Professional Tennis Association. He is also a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Wills served as chair of the 2009 NCAA Division III National Tennis Committee, which oversees selection and guidelines for the NCAA Championships.
He currently serves as chair of the OAC Men's & Women's Tennis Coaches Association and is a member of the USTA Midwest Section Junior Tennis Committee.
In 2010, Wills was the recipient of the Fay Tooley Memorial Award, which recognizes tennis community service efforts.
As a student-athlete at ONU, Wills was a four-year letterman on the men’s tennis squad under legendary coach Mark Lenssen.
He played #1 singles and #1 doubles all four years, was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree in 1986 and 1987, and served as team captain during his senior season.
Wills posted a 21-13 singles record and was 22-11 in doubles play from 1985-87. He helped the Polar Bears amass a 34-10 record during his four seasons, including an undefeated 10-0 mark in 1987.
"I feel very fortunate to coach at my alma mater," Wills said. "I had a tremendous undergraduate experience at ONU under Coach Lenssen, who stressed the importance of excelling in academics and athletics. I want to provide that kind of experience for our current and future student-athletes. We have a very solid athletics tradition at Ohio Northern, and I am confident we'll continue to build upon that tradition."
After graduating from ONU, his success on the court continued. He was the 1991 City of New Philadelphia singles champion and reached the finals of the Anderson Open in 1995 and the Gahanna Open in 2000.
Coach Wills resides in Ada with his wife Jamie, daughters Mackenzie and Miranda, and son Macormick.
Women's Tennis under Wills
|2018-19||20-7||.741||6-2 / 3rd||.750||Runners-Up|
|2017-18||19-7||.731||7-1 / 2nd||.875||Runners-Up|
|2016-17||22-5||.815||7-1 / 2nd||.875||Runners-Up|
|2015-16||19-4||.826||7-1 / 2nd||.875||Semifinals|
|2014-15||21-4||.840||8-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2013-14||17-5||.773||7-1 / 2nd||.875||Runners-Up|
|2012-13||27-5||.844||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2011-12||23-5||.821||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2010-11||21-6||.778||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Runners-Up|
|2009-11||10-11||.476||5-4 / t5th||.556||Quarterfinalist|
|2008-09||20-6||.769||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2007-08||20-6||.769||7-2 / t2nd||.778||Runners-Up|
|2006-07||22-7||.759||8-1 / 2nd||.889||Runners-Up|
|2005-06||24-4||.857||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Runners-Up|
|2004-05||26-3||.897||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2003-04||17-8||.680||8-1 / Co-Champs||.889||Runners-Up|
|2002-03||19-4||.826||8-1 / 2nd||.889||Runners-Up|
|2001-02||21-2||.909||8-1 / 2nd||.889||Champions|
|Title:||Assistant Women's Tennis Coach|
Chris Alexander is in his 15th season as an assistant for the Ohio Northern women's tennis program.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana native began his tennis career as the #1 singles player for Wayne High School.
While pursuing a career in banking and sales, he has been a part-time tennis instructor for 17 years.
Alexander coached the men’s tennis team at Norwell High School (Ossian, Ind.).
He has been active in USTA play and has coached multiple teams that have captured regional and national accolades. Recent tournament wins include capturing the Decatur (Ind.) and Huntington (Ind.) Doubles Open Tournaments.
“We’re very fortunate to have Coach Alexander as a part of our tennis program,” Wills states. “He’s been a winner at all levels of tennis and brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to the table for our developing players and our Polar Bear tennis program overall.”
Alexander currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he is an Account Manager for Meridian Title Company.
Taryn Stromback is in her third season as an assistant coach for the women's tennis team.
Stromback returns to Northern as a coach after being a four-time letterwinner on the women's tennis team.
She currently ranks third all-time in school history with 83 doubles victories, fifth with 145 overall wins, and 10th in career singles victories with 62.
In her four years on the women's tennis team, Stromback helped lead the Polar Bears to two Ohio Athletic Conference Regular Season titles and two OAC Tournament titles during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons.
She was also a four time All-OAC honoree and a three-time Academic All-OAC honoree.
Stromback was named a Clyde A. Lamb award winner in 2016 and was named to the NCAA Management Council in 2015, where she served a three-year term. She was one of two students on the council, which is the highest level of representation by a student-athlete in the NCAA.
She was the first student-athlete in Ohio Northern and OAC history to be named to the council.
The council is made up of 19 members in total, composed of athletic directors, senior women administrators, institutional CEO’s, and faculty athletic representatives.
Prior to being named to the NCAA Management Council, she served on the National Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
Stromback earned her bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical business from Ohio Northern in 2016.
Taryn currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she is a Business Analyst for Deloitte Consulting, LLP.