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Alexander Kasarov spent the last two seasons as head coach at Monmouth, winning a pair of conference titles.

Former University of Wisconsin tennis player Alexander Kasarov is returning to the Badgers as associate head coach.

UW men's tennis coach Danny Westerman announced the hiring of his former teammate on Friday, saying Kasarov will be helped by his knowledge of the school.

"First, Alex is a Badger," Westerman said in a news release. "He knows what we are all about and understands what type of players will be successful here, both athletically and academically.

"Second, he has been a head coach. He has successfully led his own program — and with that experience, he is going to be a huge addition here and will make an immediate impact."

Kasarov was the head men's tennis coach at Monmouth for the last two years. His team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and appeared in the NCAA tournament both seasons.

Kasarov played for the Badgers from 2002 to 2005 and was the team's MVP and an all-Big Ten Conference selection as a junior in 2004.

He replaces Scoville Jenkins, who was hired as the associate head coach at Oklahoma State.