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Longtime Area Coach Hired to Lead Rudder Tennis Program

A veteran coach and teacher with 13 years of experience in the Brazos Valley is the new head coach of the Rudder Ranger tennis team.

Stephen Mercer comes to Rudder after working in College Station ISD since 2007, serving as the head tennis coach at both A&M Consolidated Middle School and A&M Consolidated High School. 

As head tennis coach at A&M Consolidated, Mercer was the 2008 Texas 5A Tennis Coach of the Year as selected by the Texas Tennis Coaches Association.

Mercer looks forward to joining a well-established Rudder tennis program and building upon its success.

“We are very excited about Coach Mercer coming to Rudder,” said Rudder High School Athletic Coordinator Coach Eric Ezar.  “He has worked at some very good programs and has great experience in the Bryan/College Station Area!”  

About the Hire

Stephen Mercer has 19 years of experience coaching tennis and 24 years of experience total in education as a math teacher and coach including on year as the head boys soccer coach and four years as an assistant boys soccer coach at College Station High School.

Mercer is a 1994 Graduate of Schreiner University where he earned a B.A. in Education: General Studies with a Major in Mathematics & Exercise Physiology.  While at Schreiner he was the 1992 NAIA Heart Of Texas Conference Singles Tennis Champion. In 1996 Mercer earned his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Texas Christian University. He also served as a counselor at Aggie Tennis Camp for 12 years.

Stephen is married to Meredith Hunt Mercer, a 1994 graduate of Bryan High School and member of the varsity tennis team.  Mercer has five children between the ages of 6 and 20.