MUNCIE, Ind. - Christine Bader, the Ball State head women's tennis coach, has announced her decision to leave the women's tennis program to take a position with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The announcement was made today by director of intercollegiate athletics Bill Scholl.
"I feel so fortunate to have served as the Ball State women's tennis coach," said Bader. "The individuals at this University make it so hard to leave. Bill Scholl, Karin Lee, Pat Quinn and Bill Richards have made such a positive impact on my life. I am so honored to have worked with everyone at Ball State and will miss the administration, coaches and athletes tremendously."
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until they achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and works to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.
Bader’s new position with JDRF hits close to home, as she has suffered from type 1 diabetes since being diagnosed in March of 1999. She has participated in numerous JDRF activities and fundraisers throughout her life, including JDRF Walk for Diabetes and Fast Break for Diabetes.
Bader is in the midst of her fourth season at Ball State and will begin her new position at the conclusion of the Cardinals’ fall campaign. Under Bader's tutelage, the Ball State women's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in 2013 for the first time since 1998.
The Cardinals also defeated Miami on its home court last season, snapping the RedHawks’ MAC regular season 33-match win streak. It was only the second time in program history that Ball State had defeated Miami.
Bader has also coached three All-MAC selections in three years. In 2012-13, Bader continued the Cardinals’ academic tradition as the Ball State women's tennis team was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's All-Academic Team for the 14th time over the last 17 years.
“Christine Bader has done a phenomenal job since coming to Ball State,” said Scholl. “She is leaving behind a program she has built into a contender for MAC championships. We thank her for all she has done for our student-athletes and Ball State Athletics. Christine will move to an organization for which she has a great affinity and we wish her nothing but the best.”
Before taking the position at Ball State, Bader was the head coach at Evansville (2008-10) where she became the youngest head coach in the school’s NCAA Divison I history. She left Evansville after compiling an overall record of 23-18.
Bader, a native of Okemos, Mich., is a former All-Big Ten Conference performer for Michigan State. She graduated from Michigan State in 2008 with a degree in business management. During her playing career for the Spartans, Bader became only the third player in MSU history to receive All-Big Ten honors twice in her career. She was a First Team All-Big Ten selection during her sophomore year, which was the first time an MSU player had received the award since 1993.
As a senior at Michigan State, Bader posted an 18-14 record at No. 1 singles and doubles. She was one of three Spartans to earn a national ranking after finishing her senior season ranked 113th in singles. Not only was Bader successful on the court but off the court as well, earning the Big Ten Sportmanship Award in women's tennis in 2005 and 2007. She was also a three-time captain for the Spartans.