June 13, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Christian Appleman, a Yale women's basketball assistant coach last season and a former Penn State tennis assistant, has been named assistant coach of the Yale men's tennis team.
Appleman served as men's and women's assistant coach at Penn State from 1994 to 1996. He had responsibilities in all areas of recruiting and evaluating prospects and on-court coaching. He was also the head teaching professional and director of tennis at the Penn State Tennis Center during that time.
As a student-athlete, Appleman spent four seasons on the PSU varsity tennis team and helped the Nittany Lions win the Atlantic 10 title in 1986. He also played four seasons of varsity basketball and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and political science in 1990.
Appleman has 13 years of Division I men's and women's basketball assistant coaching experience at Penn State, Army and Yale. He helped the PSU men's team reach the NIT final in 1990 and the NCAA Sweet 16 the following season.
Appleman's wife, Erin, is the head coach of the Yale volleyball team. They have two children: Justin, 4, and Emma, 2.
He replaces Joseph Roediger, who left Yale to concentrate on his duties as the director of tennis at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, N.Y.
report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity