Mike Merbaum begins his fourth season as an assistant coach sports psychologist for the Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team.
While assisting head coach Roger Follmer the past three seasons, WashU has posted three 20-win seasons and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals three times. In 2013-14, the Bears won their first-ever ITA National Indoor Tennis Team title.
In his first season in 2012-13, WashU compiled a 20-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the sixth-straight season. The Bears also captured their second University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship in school history with a 5-4 win over No. 3 ranked Emory University, April 28, 2013, earning Merbaum a spot on the 2013 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
The Bears posted a 21-3 mark in 2013-14 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, and then recorded a school-record 22-6 mark this past season and advanced to the semifinals for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
Merbaum played four seasons of collegiate tennis at Drake University, posting a 35-8 all-time record. He was captain of the 1955-56 team. Merbaum graduated from Drake in 1956, and earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina in 1961.
A native of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Merbaum enters his 37th year as a professor of psychology at Washington University.