LORETTO, Pa. -- Veteran coach Rob Castille has been tabbed to lead the Saint Francis men's and women's tennis programs, associate director of athletics Jim Brazill announced Monday.

"We are extremely excited to have Rob join the Red Flash family," Brazill said. "He is a great match for our program and university, and I am anxious to see what the future holds for our tennis programs."

Castille spent seven seasons building the Duquesne men's program into a contender in the Atlantic 10. From 2005-12, he elevated the Dukes program to a new level as proven in 2010 by the university's all-time best, third-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship and the posting of 71 team victories in his final five seasons. During his tenure at Duquesne, the Dukes posted a 90-77 record.

"I am extremely honored to lead both the men's and women's tennis programs and to work with such exceptional student-athletes," Castille said. "I'm excited for the future of both programs and competing within the Northeast Conference."

Castille, who also served as an assistant coach for the Dukes from 2003-05, has an extensive tennis background. Most recently a tennis pro at The Club Sport and Health in Monroeville, Pa., from 2005-13, he has also worked at the Greentree SportsPlex, Lakevue Racquet Club, Green Oaks Country Club, Treesdale Country Club and Hillcrest Country Club through the years. In addition, he was the Sewickley Academy girls' varsity head coach and was the tennis pro at Flagship Athletic Club in Eden Prairie, Minn.

A graduate of Hempfield High School in 1994, Castille was the WPIAL runner-up in singles as a senior and a WPIAL runner-up in doubles as a sophomore and junior. Collegiately he graduated in 1998 from Gustavus Adolphus College, where his teams finished among the top five in the country three consecutive years, highlighted by a third-place showing as a junior when he played at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles.