Scott Wills is in his 17th 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 Bachelors Degree in Business administration. He earned the MBA degree from Ashland University in 1991.
Wills also serves as Director of Development for the College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern.
In his 16 seasons as coach, the Polar Bears have posted 329 wins against only 85 losses in addition to eight OAC Championships.
Wills is third on the all-time wins list in Ohio college women's tennis history, which includes all NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA coaches.
ONU captured OAC regular season crowns in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011-13, 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 the 2015-16 season, Wills guided the Polar Bears to a 19-4 overall record and a 7-1 conference record which was good for a regular season second place finish.
Wills also led the Polar Bears to the NCAA III Tournament Second Round during the 2014-15 season.
Wills was named OAC Coach of the Year by his peers in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2015.
In 2012, ONU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, their best result in school history and first ever NCAA victory.
The Polar Bears have excelled in the classroom during his tenure with the team receiving Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic All-American Team honors each of the last 13 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 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 with recognizes tennis community service efforts.
While 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 as a senior.
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 a 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 his graduation from ONU, Wills’ 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
|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
|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 14th season as an assistant for the Polar Bears.
Alexander began his tennis career as the #1 singles for Wayne High School (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
While pursuing his career in banking and sales, he has been a part-time tennis instructor for 16 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 including 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 in 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 second season as an assistant coach for the women's tennis team.
Stromback returns to Northern as a coach after being a four-year member of the women's tennis team where she was a four time letterwinner.
Stromback ranks ninth all-time in Polar Bear history with 62 singles wins, and ranks second all-time at Ohio Northern with 83 doubles victories.
In her four years on the women's tennis team, Stromback helped lead Northern to two regular season Ohio Athletic Conference titles and two OAC tournament titles in the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons.
She was a four time All-OAC honoree and a three time Academic All-OAC honoree.
Stromback was named the Clyde A. Lamb award winner in 2016 and was named to the NCAA Management Council in 2015 where she is serving a three year term.
She was one of only 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 earn the honor.
The council is made up of 19 members in total, composed of athletic directors, senior women administrators, institutional CEO’s, and faculty athletics representatives.
Prior to being named to the NCAA Management Council she served as a member of 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.