Jack Desse completed his prep career tied for second all-time in wins with 167.
EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville High School product Jack Desse will join the SIUE men's tennis program this fall, according to Head Coach Jason Coomer.
"It's always important to try and keep the best local talent home and playing for the program in their back yard," Coomer said. "Jack has worked hard for the opportunity to play at the Division I level, and SIUE gets a great student-athlete who we expect to make this program even stronger. With Edwardsville being such a loyal tennis community, it's great that the local fans will be able to follow Jack for four more years."
Desse was a key member of the Edwardsville High School program for the past four seasons, where he helped lead the Tigers to a sixth-place finish at the Illinois High School Association championships in 2013 and a ninth-place finish in 2012. Entering his senior campaign, Desse had a record of 130-28, which already had him perched at No. 10 on the all-time wins list. He is coached at Edwardsville by former Cougar Dave Lipe.
"Jack has had a great high school career, and he isn't quite done yet," Coomer said. "We have watched Jack develop over the past few years and he has demonstrated that he is not afraid to work hard. Playing for coaches like Coach Lipe and Coach (Bob) Meyers, Jack has been fortunate to be around two great role models."
He completed his prep career tied for second all-time in wins with 167. He placed 24th in singles at the 2012 state championships and 12th in doubles with partner, Logan Ware, during the 2013 campaign. The duo also won the prestigious Naper Valley Invite in Chicagoland.
A seven-time Southwestern Conference champion in singles and doubles, Desse also won a sectional singles title in 2012 and a sectional doubles crown in 2013.
Desse plans to major in pre-dental at SIUE.
"As hard as Jack works on the court, he works even harder in the classroom," Coomer said. "When we look at players, we want to find the complete student-athlete package. And with Jack, that definitely is the case."