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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 08:03 PM   #17
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Re: Maryland hires new coach Howard Joffe

July 10, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Howard Joffe, the reigning Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, has been hired as head coach of the University of Maryland women's tennis program.

Joffe, who spent the last two seasons as Miami University head coach, was hired by the Terps on Friday.

He has experienced tremendous success as both an assistant and head coach.

This past season he led the RedHawks to the MAC Tournament title and their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Prior to his successful stint at Miami (Ohio), Joffe spent five seasons (2002-07) as the assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Southern California.

"(Assistant director of athletics) Keli Cunningham and her search committee made a terrific hire for us," Maryland director of athletics Deborah A. Yow said. "Howard is a proven recruiter and fierce competitor, who also shares our values for academic achievement."

Joffe has earned a number of accolades for his coaching prowess.

In addition to being named the 2009 league coach of the year, Joffe was a two-time recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's West Region Assistant Coach of the Year award with the Trojans, earning the honor in 2004 and 2006. He was also the runner-up for the 2006 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year award.

USC was among the top teams in the country during his tenure as the Trojans finished in the ITA top 10 each season.

Joffe's RedHawks were ranked nationally for the first time in school history this season and ended the year 16-7, including an 8-0 mark in conference action. They also won the MAC regular-season title for the first time in 10 years.

The RedHawks were led by their underclassmen who were recruited by Joffe.

Monica Gorny was the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year and earned first team all-league honors. Sophomore Anastasia Dracheva was also a first team All-MAC selection.

The RedHawks were also stellar in the classroom with the team earning a perfect score of 1000 on the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) report.

"I'm privileged and honored to be the new head women's tennis coach at Maryland," Joffe said. "I'd like to thank Debbie Yow, Keli Cunningham and the rest of the administration for affording me this fabulous opportunity."

Joffe is also looking forward to coaching in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"Maryland has a wonderful reputation, top-notch facilities and plays in one of the best conferences in the country," Joffe said. "I'm confident that if the effort and work ethic of our group mimics that of the athletic administration, then the future of our team will be bright."

Joffe, 37, was also a skilled player, earning All-America honors at Pepperdine University in 1992 when he reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship.

After a three-year stint at Pepperdine (1990-92), Joffe spent three years in the professional ranks before embarking on a coaching career. He earned his psychology degree while coaching at USC.

A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Joffe spent three years (1999-02) as a teaching professional and director of tennis at Kettering Tennis Center and Quail Run Racquet Clubs in Dayton, Ohio.

Prior to his return to the United States in 1999, Joffe spent four years teaching young tennis players in Johannesburg.

He established the Joffe-Wheeler Tennis Academy in Johannesburg, coached and managed the Gauteng Central Junior Tennis Team. He was also appointed the Gauteng Central tennis coach and served as head coach at Rand Afrikaanse University.
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