“We are truly thrilled to have Mat and Lauren Cloer and their family join our Gators program,” Shelton said. “Mat is one of the most respected coaches in the tennis industry and this hire is another major win for the Gators. . I have known Mat for about 25 years and have seen his growth since he was 15 years old. He was, and still is, one hell of a player, and he embodies all the values you hope your players and kids will emulate. Mat is an expert in character and player development, and I know our players will learn many lessons from his wisdom and experience. Mat has coached some of the top juniors, collegiates and pros over the past 15 years. This type of experience is extremely valuable and I look forward to working with him.”
Appointed National Coach with USTA Player Development in April 2017, Cloer primarily worked with one of America’s top players in Mackenzie McDonald, who is currently 60th in the ATP rankings. He served as an additional lead and assisted in road support for tennis players Chris Eubanks, Kevin King, and former Gator Sekou Bangoura. Cloer has also provided coaching support to top female tennis players such as Whitney Osuigwe, Usue Arconada, Ashlyn Krueger and Katrina Scott, and coached Danielle Collins in 2019 to her first Grand Slam semi-finals at the Open. Australia.
During his tenure with the USTA Player Development, Cloer served as a point of contact for college coaches and players, assisting these student-athletes in summer and post-college training opportunities and helping them transition from college tennis to professional tennis. Additionally, he was responsible for setting up development plans, scheduling tournaments, and developing relationships with coaches and players.
“My family and I are really excited to have the opportunity to be back in college tennis,” Cloer said. “I am extremely humbled and grateful to learn and work with Coach Shelton and his team, and to help move the program forward. Coach Shelton has built an incredible culture and it will be great fun to work to bring the best student in the world.-athletes in Gainesville to develop their games on and off the field and continue to compete for championships.”
Prior to his move to USTA player development, Cloer spent four seasons as an assistant head coach with NC State, where he helped lead the Wolfpack to three NCAA Tournament appearances. NC State also finished in the top 35 of the ITA Year-End Team Rankings from 2012-2015. During his stint, Cloer coached six All-ACC First Team selections, three doubles teams of the NCAA and three Academic All-ACC members.
Prior to working at NC State, Cloer was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Florida State, for three seasons (2008-11) and a volunteer assistant for the Seminoles from 2006-08. Cloer helped lead FSU to two straight Sweet 16s as well as an NCAA Tournament appearance each season. Named Southern Region Assistant Coach of the Year in the 2009-10 season, Cloer put together two top-10 recruiting classes, coached four NCAA Tournament qualifiers in singles and doubles, two All-Americans, six All-ACC first-team members and five players. ranked in the top 50 of the ITA singles charts.
Additionally, Cloer served as Head Academy Professional at Cary Tennis Park in North Carolina, directing the day-to-day operations of the park.
As a player, Cloer won numerous accolades and was one of the top college tennis players to attend Florida State, becoming the first player in FSU history to achieve All-American status. Captain of the Seminoles for three years, Cloer led the team to three NCAA tournaments, including a quarterfinal appearance in 2005. Two-time ACC Player of the Year, Cloer received the prestigious national Arthur Award Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. the same year. Ranked as high as No. 11 in singles, Cloer qualified for three NCAA singles championships and won the ACC indoor doubles title in 2003. In 2016, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. fame of Florida State University athletics for his Seminole career.
Cloer earned a Bachelor of Education in Sports Management in 2006 from Florida State. He is married to his wife, Lauren, and the couple have four children: Kaes (11), Kamdyn (9), Koen (8) and Kenna (2).