Scott Wills is in his 15th season as head coach of the Ohio Northern women’s tennis program.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native graduated from Ohio Northern in 1987 with a Bachelors Degree in Business administration. He earned the MBA degree from Ashland University in 1991.
Wills also serves as Director of Development for the College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern.
In his 14 seasons as coach, the Polar Bears have posted 288 wins against only 76 losses in addition to eight OAC Championships.
Wills is third on the all-time wins list in Ohio college women's tennis history, which includes all NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA coaches.
ONU captured OAC regular season crowns in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011-13, 2014-15 as well as OAC Tournament titles in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015.
The 2002 championship was the first-ever conference tournament title in ONU women's tennis program history.
In the 2014-15 season, Wills guided the Polar Bears to a 21-4 overall record. In addition, Northern also won its fourth straight OAC regular season and third straight OAC Tournament title. The Polar Bears also advanced to the NCAA III Tournament Second Round.
Wills was named OAC Coach of the Year by his peers in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2015.
In 2012, ONU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, their best result in school history and first ever NCAA victory.
The Polar Bears have excelled in the classroom during his tenure with the team receiving Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic All-American Team honors each of the last 12 seasons.
Coach Wills has an extensive tennis background and is a certified professional through the United States Professional Tennis Association. He is also a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Wills served as chair of the 2009 NCAA Division III National Tennis Committee, which oversees selection and guidelines for the NCAA Championships.
He curently serves as chair of OAC Men's & Women's Tennis coaches association and is a member of the USTA Midwest Section Junior Tennis Committee.
In 2010, Wills was the recipient of the Fay Tooley Memorial Award with recognizes tennis community service efforts.
While at ONU, Wills was a four-year letterman on the men’s tennis squad under legendary coach Mark Lenssen.
He played #1 singles and #1 doubles all four years, was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree in 1986 and 1987 and served as team captain as a senior.
Wills posted a 21-13 singles record and was 22-11 in doubles play from 1985-87. He helped the Polar Bears amass a 34-10 record during his four seasons, including a 10-0 mark in 1987.
"I feel very fortunate to coach at my alma mater," Wills said. "I had a tremendous undergraduate experience at ONU under Coach Lenssen who stressed the importance of excelling in academics and athletics. I want to provide that kind of experience for our current and future student-athletes. We have a very solid athletics tradition at Ohio Northern and I am confident we'll continue to build upon that tradition."
After his graduation from ONU, Wills’ success on the court continued. He was the 1991 City of New Philadelphia singles champion and reached the finals of the Anderson Open in 1995 and the Gahanna Open in 2000.
Coach Wills resides in Ada with his wife Jamie, daughters Mackenzie and Miranda, and son Macormick.
Women's Tennis under Wills
|2014-15||21-4||.840||8-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2013-14||17-5||.773||7-1 / 2nd||.875||Runners-Up|
|2012-13||27-5||.844||9-0 / Champs||1.000
|2011-12||23-5||.821||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2010-11||21-6||.778||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Runners-Up|
|2009-11||10-11||.476||5-4 / t5th||.556||Quarterfinalist|
|2008-09||20-6||.769||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2007-08||20-6||.769||7-2 / t2nd||.778||Runners-Up|
|2006-07||22-7||.759||8-1 / 2nd||.889||Runners-Up|
|2005-06||24-4||.857||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Runners-Up|
|2004-05||26-3||.897||9-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2003-04||17-8||.680||8-1 / Co-Champs||.889||Runners-Up|
|2002-03||19-4||.826||8-1 / 2nd||.889||Runners-Up|
|2001-02||21-2||.909||8-1 / 2nd||.889||Champions|