David Emery enters his third season with the Illinois women's tennis program after taking the assistant coaching position on Aug. 2, 2006. Emery is a former assistant coach and standout player at James Madison University.
"I am very excited to have David join the Illinois tennis staff," Head coach Michelle Dasso said when she hired Emery in August 2006. "His hitting ability, plus the energy and love for the game he brings, will only help elevate the Fighting Illini tennis program. David is a perfect fit for this staff. His communication skills and enthusiasm are a big strength in our recruiting efforts at Illinois."
Emery, a 2005 graduate of James Madison University with a degree in sports management and a minor in business, brings with him an energetic attitude and extensive knowledge of the game to a rebuilding Illini program. The Fairfax, Va., native played at Virginia Tech from 2001-03 before transferring to James Madison, where he finished his final two years of eligibility. At James Madison, Emery played at the No. 1 singles position and received first team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2005, and second team All-CAA in 2004. Emery also served as team captain from 2003-05.
"I could not be more excited about joining the University of Illinois' athletic program," Emery said. "I am excited to compete with and against the highest level of competition by joining the Big Ten Conference. The support system at Illinois is second to none, and I look forward to building a top-notch program with Coach Dasso."
In 2005-06, Emery served as the assistant coach at JMU. With the Dukes, Emery helped the doubles tandem of Jesse Tarr and John Snead to CAA Player of the Week honors, while the pair also earned third team All-CAA, finishing the season with an 8-2 record. Tarr also grabbed third team All-CAA in singles. In his first year on the staff, Emery helped the Dukes turn their record around, helping lead the team to a 13-13 season ledger, garnering twice as many wins as the previous season. As an assistant coach at James Madison, Emery's duties included assisting with team practice, team lifting and team travel. Most recently, Emery worked with Katie Ruckert, who is an established singles player on the pro tour, helping her reach a world ranking of 494.