The name Tom Wynne and UND tennis go hand-in-hand. Entering his 22nd year as UND's head coach in 2012-13 season, Wynne has carved out a tradition of athletic and academic success for the North Dakota tennis program.
Last year, UND's last in the Great West Conference, the women's squad concluded the year with a 2-18 record. The young UND team was led by sophomore Stephanie Petsis who won a team-high nine matches, all at the No. 1 singles position, and was named to the All-GWC First Team.
In 2010-11, Wynne's squad advanced to its second straight Great West Conference championship match, earning league runner-up honors. Sophomores Chelsey Galipeau and Hallie Welk and freshman Stephanie Biehn were named to the All-GWC Second Team, tying UND for the most selections in the league. Welk and fellow sophomores Erin Kappers and Megan Sween were named to the GWC Winter/Spring All-Academic Team, while Galipeau was named UND's Female Sioux Service Award winner (all sports).
In 2009-10, Wynne led the Sioux to the Great West Conference championship match while placing three student-athletes on the All-GWC team: seniors Katie Callison and Emma Larson, and freshman Erin Kappers. Callison and Larson, the team's only upperclassmen, were also named to the GWC Spring All-Academic Team.
In 2008-09, Wynne guided UND through its first season of Division I tennis while maintaining the program's high standards, on and off the court. On the court, the Sioux posted a 10-10 record. In the classroom, Wynne's squad maintained the highest grade point average (3.654) of any UND team. Four student-athletes -- seniors Emily Callison and Katie Wessman,junior Katie Callison and freshman Tiffany Reisenauer -- were named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athletes. Wessman, Katie Callison and junior Molly Maurer were named to the 2009 Great West Conference Winter/Spring All-Academic team.
Wynne guided UND to North Central Conference championships in 2008, 2004 and 2003 and NCAA Division II postseason appearances in each of the program's final seven seasons of DII competition.
In addition to his head coaching duties at UND, Wynne also serves as UND’s athletics study center manager. He is also the head tennis professional at the Centre Court Fitness Club and owner of the Centre Court Pro Shop.
A four-year letterwinner at UND, in 1979 Wynne led the Fighting Sioux to their first NCC title in 42 years. After graduating with a journalism degree in 1978, Wynne played professional tennis on the Marlboro Tour in France in 1980. He served as an assistant coach for five seasons, leading UND to conference titles in 1984 and 1985. Wynne was then named head coach of both men’s and women’s teams in 1986, a position he held until 1990 when the tennis programs were discontinued. When women’s tennis returned to UND in 1998, Wynne was named head coach.
In 2000 Wynne and his brother, Tim Wynne, were named winners of the Word Burton Junior Development Award for their work with local junior tennis program. The award is given out annually by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Northern Section to individuals or organizations that promote and achieve success in the development of junior tennis players.
A Grand Forks native, Wynne was the NCC’s No. 1 singles champion in 1976 and was runner-up in 1975 and 1977. He also qualified for the NCAA national tournament in 1977.
Wynne was inducted to the University of North Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.