New men’s tennis coach at Rutgers-Newark is openly gay

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Andres Bustami and Adam Ziering at NYC Pride 2017 Instagram photo
Andres Bustami and Adam Ziering at NYC Pride 2017 Instagram photo

At the end of 2017, Rutgers University’s Newark campus announced its new men’s tennis head coach, Andres Bustani, who had just celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary to his partner that same week. “It feels great — a little surreal — to have my first actual college job as a head coach,” said Bustani, who came out publicly in 2015. See the Outsports article.

Bustani said he has not given much thought to discussing his sexuality with his team. He realizes pictures of him and his husband, Adam Ziering, are all over the internet.

“I’m really excited, and I’m just hoping that I can come in and make a change on the team and do good things,” said Bustani. He is a college head coach after setting that as a goal his sophomore year at Lewis-Clark State College, an NAIA school in Lewiston, Idaho. Bustani was a four-year member of its men’s tennis team, and an assistant coach for the women’s tennis team during his senior year. He says his mentor was Kai Fong, the head coach at LCSC. “That gave me insight into what is going on in practices and how to run things,” Bustani said.

Bustani takes over an NCAA Division III program at just 26 years old. The Rutgers-Newark team went 7-5 last spring. He said the roster currently has eight players, and he plans to start practices shortly.

“I’m a little anxious, obviously, but I just kind of want to get it started,” Bustani said. “I know the team previously hasn’t done great, so I don’t know what to expect.”