Head Coach Marc Vecchiolla
Womenís Tennis, 21st Season
Menís Tennis, 10th Season
As a coach, Marc Vecchiolla tries to get his tennis players to think outside the box. The success of his Mercer County Community College menís and womenís tennis teams show how much the results arenít ordinary.
Vecchiolla helped re-establish the womenís tennis program in 1997 after an 11-year absence. Since then, the Vikings have won the NJCAA Division III title four times (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005) and placed second four times (1998, 2001, 2006 and 2011). In addition, they were Region 19 Tournament champions for nine straight seasons from 1997-2005, with six of the teams finishing undefeated. He has coached 28 womenís players to All-American status, including 11 who gained the honor twice. His was most recent All-American was Alison Noll who was National Champion at First Singles in Spring 2011 and again in Fall 2011. In the Fall of 2011, Vecchiolla led the Vikings to a 2nd Place finish at the NJCAA Division III National Championships.
Vecchiolla was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005. He was inducted into the NJCAA Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, becoming, at 36, its youngest inductee.
In 2007, Vecchiolla added a second head coachís role with the MCCC menís tennis program. Already an assistant coach, Vecchiolla was promoted to the top position following longtime Head Coach Stan Dlugoszís retirement. Vecchiolla continued to work with his players to develop a strong work ethic, accentuate their strengths and improve their weaknesses. It paid off in his first season in the spring of 2008 when the Vikings finished 11-2 (the highest win total since 1985), won the Region 19 title and finished fifth at the NJCAA Division III Championships. His top player, Marc Nichols, won the No. 1 singles national title with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Haris Redzematovic of Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn, NY.). In 2010, Vecchiolla led the men's team to a 5th place finish at the NJCAA Division III Championships, which also produced two more All-Americans under his leadership, with Jason Bielski and Matt Pierson capturing the National title at 1st Doubles. Bielski earned a second All-American Honor last season, finishing as the National Runner-Up at 2nd Singles. In 2011, men's tennis followed their 5th place finish with a 3rd place finish and 5 players earning All-American Honors. Travis McCaughan and Juan Ramirez captured the 2011 National title at 2nd Doubles. Most recently, the men's team placed 7th at the 2015 NJCAA Division III National Championships, despite having only two players qualify for the tournament.
Vecchiolla has become synonymous with Mercer County tennis. He has served as Director of Tennis Operations with the Mercer County Park Commission since 1994, managing the tennis facility, which consists of 22 outdoor courts and 6 indoor courts. The complex at Mercer County Park was honored with a 2008 USTA National Outstanding Facility Award, and Vecchiolla accepted the award at the U.S. Open.
Vecchiolla, a resident of Robbinsville, N.J., is a member of the Mercer County Tennis Council and the Mercer Tennis Hall of Fame Committee. A graduate of Steinert High School in Hamilton, N.J., he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1991 from East Carolina University, where he was captain of the men's tennis team.
Year By Year Coaching Records: Women's Tennis / Men's Tennis