University of Northern Iowa Director of Athletics Troy Dannen has announced the hiring of Daniel Finn as the head women’s tennis coach for the Panthers.
“I am very excited about the opportunity given to me by Troy Dannen and Jean Berger to coach at the University of Northern Iowa,” Finn said. “This is a great school that is supported by a tremendous community. From my first day here I could see the future of UNI tennis can be an extremely bright one. The main thing from the beginning will be about the team’s trust in the process. Worrying about what we can control and the task in front of us. If the team buys in and does this, UNI tennis will be able to lift itself to a new standard immediately. The base for UNI Athletics in general is an extremely strong one and I hope to continue to build upon that with the Panther tennis program.”
Finn will begin his coaching duties this weekend as the Panthers head to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday and Eastern Michigan on Monday.
Finn comes to UNI after serving as the head tennis coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he took over in July 2012. At Huntsville, Finn guided the men’s squad to its highest national ranking in school history (No. 36) and the women’s team to its most wins in a season in his only season as head coach. He had five women and four men named to the academic all-conference squad. He had two players earn all-conference recognition. He coached the men’s squad to its first NCAA tournament and advanced to the second round.
Prior to Huntsville, Finn was the head tennis coach at Lindsey Wilson College in 2011-12. He was named the 2012 Mid-South Men’s Coach of the Year at Lindsey Wilson. He led the women’s team to the 2012 national tournament quarterfinals and a year-end ranking of No. 8 in the nation. He was named the 2010 ITA East Region Coach of the Year.
Finn also served as the head tennis coach at Union College (2009-2011) in Barbourville, Ky., and at Simpson College (2008-09) in Indianola, Iowa. He was a two-time AAC Coach of the Year at Union College in 2010 and 2011.
Finn earned his bachelor of arts degree in recreation and physical education at Lindsey Wilson College in 2008. He was a scholarship tennis player at Lindsey Wilson from 2002-2006 and helped the team to an NAIA national quarterfinal appearance in 2004. Finn served as an assistant tennis coach at Lindsey Wilson following his playing career. In that time frame, Lindsey Wilson reached back-to-back appearances in the national semifinals. He also coached Candela Castanon to an individual national championship in 2007.
He and his wife, Roxanne, have two daughters, Payton (3) and Brooklynn (1).