A former University of Southern Maine Huskies tennis player, Eric Haase was named the head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams in the spring of 2017. Haase is the ninth coach for the women's team since the program was re-instated in 1995. He begins his third season at the helm of the women's program this fall.
“I'm excited and very pleased to have one of our former student-athletes return to the fold as a member of our coaching staff. Eric was a top player for the Huskies in the early 1990s and was also an outstanding student-athlete,” noted USM Director of Athletics Al Bean. “He will bring a strong competitive spirit to the courts and a long history as a teaching professional in Maine and many other states on the east coast. Eric is a Certified Professional Tennis Instructor and is looking forward to using his skills to bring his alma mater to the top of the ladder in both men and women's tennis. I'm pleased to welcome Eric home to USM.”
Last season, Haase guided his squad to a 6-7 overall mark, including a 4-5 mark in Little East Conference play, and the team's first berth in the LEC championship tournament since 2013. In two seasons leading the women's program, Haase has compile an 8-15 mark.
A 1994 cum laude graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in music performance, Haase was a three-time recipient of the Athletic Department’s William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete distinction. A member of the men's tennis team from 1991-1994, Haase was a Little East Conference first team doubles champion in 1991 along with teammate Dave McNaughton.
A Senior Credit Analyst at WEX Inc., Haase is also a Certified Professional Tennis Instructor with the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). Haase has held various instructor and professional positions at tennis clubs throughout the State of Maine.