Former Husker Fungai Tongoona joined Nebraska Coach Kerry McDermott's staff in 2012. Tongoona, who played for NU from 1999 through 2002, brings extensive experience as an instructor to the Husker staff.
In 2014, Tongoona helpd McDermott to an overall record of 12-15 with a 3-8 mark in the Big Ten. Tongoona used his experience competing with the Huskers to mentor and prepare athletes for competition. He is expected to be a very important asset for Nebraska's success in the seasons to come.
In 2013, Tongoona's first season coaching, he helped lead the Huskers to a 10-15 overall finish, including a 2-9 Big Ten mark. The Huskers finished the season ranked No. 62 in the final ITA standings for 2013. Freshman Marc Herrmann earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Nebraska in his first season of Big Ten play. The season saw three members of the squad earn Academic All-Big Ten in Eric Sock, Sebastian Florczyk, and Brandon Videtich.
Originally from Harare, Zimbabwe, Tongoona spent four seasons (1999-2002) with the Husker program playing for Coach McDermott. A two-year captain for the Huskers, he compiled a 12-16 in singles play while going 17-12 in double action as a senior in 2001-02. He was named the men's tennis lifter-of-the-year in 1999-2000 and was a second-team academic All-Big 12 performer in 2000. In addition, he also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board during his time at Nebraska and was honored by the Big 12 for a community outreach award in 2000. He graduated with a degree in marketing and minor in French from Nebraska in 2003.
Tongoona has been a certified tennis teaching professional since 2002, serving as head professional at Southlake (Texas) Tennis Center, as well as the Woods Tennis Center in Lincoln. Most recently, he served as the teaching professional at the DFW Hilton in Grapevine, Texas, and is also certified as a personal trainer and Tennis Trainer. Tongoona uses his experience and training skills to better prepare the Huskers for competition and works to improve their performance.