|College:||Point Loma Nazarene University|
In his first season as an assistant coach, Aaron Paajanen comes to Santa Clara after spending the last four years at Loyola Marymount as an assistant coach. He will assist Bronco head coach Derek Mills with all aspects of the program.
Last season Paajanen coached the No. 63 ITA doubles team of Feliz Van Kann and Othar Kordsachia. In 2012 he coached the No. 41 TIA doubles team of Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante and in 2012 he coached the No. 60 ITA doubles team of Ivan Lopez and Otto Saure. Lopez was also No. 87 in the individual ITA rankings. During his time at LMU Paajanen was also a tennis coach at The Gate Junior Tennis Academy in Los Angeles, Calif.
In 2010 and 2011 Paajenen was nominated for the UTSA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Award. He is has an NCAA recruiting certification.
Before coaching at LMU, Paajenen was an assistant tennis professional from 2005-09 at The Paseo Club in Valencia, Calif. - a Top Seed Tennis Academy. He was an assistant coach at Paradise Valley Community College where his Dad, Jim Paajanen, was the head coach.
Paajanen was in the USTA Top-500 rankings in 2007-08 and recorded wins over ATP ranked players. He was a 2003-04 team captain at Point Loma Nazarene University where he was a student-athlete from 2002-04. At Cowley College he was No. 10 in the NJCAA singles rankings in 2001-02 and was an NJCAA All-American. In 1999-2000 he attended Glendale Community College where he was No. 33 in the NJCAA singles rankings.
Born in Phoenix, Ariz., Paajanen has two sisters, and his parents both played collegiate tennis at Grand Canyon University. He attended North Canyon High School where he played four years of varsity tennis, three years of varsity basketball and ran two years of varsity cross country.
In his free time Paajanen enjoys swimming, surfing and going to concerts.