Now in his 18th year directing the Toledo men's tennis, "Coach Al" has made winning a habit, including a team record six straight top-three MAC finishes from 2006-11, and consistently appearing in semis or finals. His 2010-11 team recorded 24 wins, including a 12-match win streak.
Wermer's 216 Toledo wins are the most in program history. Twenty-one of his UT players have earned All-MAC honors. He's also had 15 different student-athletes earn Academic All-MAC recognition. Regularly, his teams achieve over 3.2 GPA in the classroom.
Coach Al is a nationally respected coach with extensive experiences in training methods and tennis leadership. He has served many terms as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I Midwest Men's Regional Chairman and the ITA National Division I Operating Committee, developing policy for college tennis.
Wermer is a regular speaker at national and regional tennis coaches' conventions. He’s been USPTA Midwest College Coach of the Year and also received the ITA Midwest Community Service Award. He has two instructional videos on the market: "Fearless and Focused! Doubles Drills" and "Get Better Today! Singles Drills."
Coach Al: "Our resources, support, and stability, over the past 5-6 years, have become just phenomenal! Our modern player-development scheme and challenging schedule prepare the guys for tennis and life beyond college. We’re a consistent winner, but with very unique methods.” Coach Al has also enhanced facilities, and community-engagement.
He has coached at various USTA national and regional tennis programs, the Junior Team Cup, USTA zonals and area training centers. He’s a former USPTA Midwest Board Member and club coach in Columbus, Ohio. Before entering coaching, he played a season on the professional circuit.
A graduate of Capital University with a degree in physical education, Coach Al also began his collegiate coaching career with the Crusaders in 1992. In 2004, he received his Master of Arts in recreation and leisure studies from UT. Wermer and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 17 years. He enjoys training, biking, volunteering, and traveling.