John Ciarleglio, III, USPTA, PTR, was appointed as the first men’s tennis coach in May of 2008 and in May 2010 became the head coach of both the Regis men’s and women’s tennis programs. Coach Ciarleglio began playing tennis at age 29, learning by taking private lessons, participating in weekly clinics and other tennis training opportunities. He attended the adult camp at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, Bradenton, Fla. in December 1985.
His competitive experience has included playing primarily doubles for several men’s teams in the CMITA and USTA leagues. He is an active member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, regularly attending conferences. He was selected as the 2012 USPTA New England College Coach of the Year and in 2010 was the USPTA/New England Regional Pro of the Year. He is also a member of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).
He was a tennis pro at the Longfellow Club in Wayland, Mass. for eight years, working with all ages, genders and skill levels of players, teaching lessons and running several weekly clinics. He coached high school-aged juniors helping them compete successfully in USTA tournaments and on their high school teams and for five years coached the Longfellow Men’s teams in the Central Mass Indoor Tennis League and the USTA. These teams made the league playoffs for four straight years.
In his tenure as the Regis coach, both the men’s and women’s teams have won the NECC conference championship five times. Regis first singles players from both teams have been named Player of the Year for the last five years. An additional three-to-five players have been named to the all-conference teams each year. Ciarleglio was named NECC men's coach of the year in 2017.
Coach Ciarleglio received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Bridgeport and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Investments from the University of Connecticut.
In my approach to coaching college tennis the emphasis is on TEAM. I expect all the players to support each other and to work towards improving all of their teammate’s skills and match play. I want players that are committed to reaching the top of their ability and I will help them to get there in every way that I can. I require every player to be dedicated to excelling academically and will do my part to help them be successful in the classroom. Lastly, I also demand the highest level of sportsmanship. While an important goal is to develop a winning team, an equally important objective is to have fun and enjoy the camaraderie and life-long friendships that playing on a college team can offer!