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Mark Downs enters his 6th season as Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams at Miami University Hamilton. He led the Men’s team to the ORCC title during the 2011 and 2012 season and also guided the Women’s squad to a 2nd place finish in 2011 and a 3rd place finish in 2012.  Last year the Men's team was narrowly defeated by MUM in the ORCC tournament and finished in second place.

Coach Downs has been involved in tennis for the past 30 years in Hamilton, Ohio. He first served as an assistant coach to the legendary Moe Flaig from 1985-1999.  He then served as the Men’s Tennis coach at Hamilton High School from 2000-2009. He also coached the Women’s Tennis team at Big Blue in 2004.

In addition to coaching, Mark has been a Mathematics teacher for 33 years. After starting his career at Madison Central High School in Richmond, Kentucky in 1982, Mark went on to teach at Hamilton High School for 29 years, retiring in 2012.  Most recently, he has become an adjunct mathematics instructor at Cincinnati State Middletown and at Miami University Middletown.  Coach Downs also works as an adjunct tennis and jogging instructor at Miami Univeristy Hamilton.

Mark graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He later attended Miami University and graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics in 1990.


Mark has been married to Kathy, also a Miami Alum, for 33 years.  they have three children; Jessica 28, John 27, and Sam 25 and two grandchildren: Ben, 6 and Piper, 1.  They also have another grandchild on the way!


Michael Neri is in his second year as Assistant Coach of the Men's and Women's Tennis teams at Miami Hamilton.


Coach Neri has spent the last thirteen years coaching tennis within the Hamilton City School District.  Before becoming the varsity tennis coach, he worked under Mark Downs for a number of years as his assistant at the Big Blue.


When not on the courts, Coach Neri is a teacher at Hamilton High School.  He is in his fifthteenth year of teaching there.  Currently, he facilitates the Teacher Academy Program within the Career Technical Educational Center at Hamilton High School.  Before that, he taught English for the high school.


Michael graduated from Miami University in 2000 with a degree in Communications Education.  He also received his Masters from Miami in Educational Leadership.  He currently resides in Springfield Township with his wife of three years, Karin.






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