Now in his 19th year directing the Toledo men's tennis, "Coach Al" has made winning a habit, consistently appearing in Mid-American Conference semis or finals. His 2010-11 team reached many records, including a program-best 24 wins. The 2014 Rockets earned a No. 2 seed in the MAC Championships.
Wermer's 234 Toledo wins are the most in program history. Twenty-five of his UT players have earned All-MAC honors. He's also had 19 different student-athletes earn Academic All-MAC recognition. Regularly, his teams achieve a 3.2 GPA in the classroom.
Nearly all of Coach Al's graduates either work in tennis coaching or have gained a masters or doctorate degree. Many have played professionally, represented their country in the Davis Cup, or gained an ATP ranking.
Coach Al is a nationally respected coach. 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 modren player development scheme and incredible schedule prepares the guys for tennis and life beyond college. We combine old-school work ethic with unique, new-school training methods." Coach Al has also dramatically enhanced facilities and community engagement, making Rocket Tennis relevant on campus and in the community.
A graduate of Capital University with a degree in physical education, he played a season on the pro circuit. Coach Al began his college coaching 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.