Colonials Duo to Compete in Singles and Doubles Qualifying Draws
Senior Defeats Sophomore Lana Robins in Sunday's Title Match
Five Colonials Tabbed ITA Scholar-Athletes
GW Tabbed No. 4 Squad in Atlantic Region; Fomin, Dias, Zelenkov Ranked in Top 20
Colonials Finish Season in Top 75 for First Time Under Greg Munoz
GW vs. St. John's (4.06.2013) photo by Nick Wass
Greg Munoz is in his eighth season as head coach of the men's tennis team at George Washington University and has transformed the program into a dominant force in the Atlantic 10.
Reaching the A-10 Championship title match for the fourth straight year, GW capped the 2012-13 season with a No. 73 national ranking for the first time in Coach Munoz's tenure after peaking as high as No. 45 during the spring. Additionally, Coach Munoz saw junior Nikita Fomin wrap his first season with the Colonials as the No. 100 singles player in the nation. Throughout GW's demanding 24-match schedule in which it faced nine nationally ranked opponents, the squad earned upset victories over four top-70 programs and closed the year having reached the 17-win plateau for the second straight season. Freshman Danil Zelenkov earned the Colonials' second straight A-10 Rookie Performer of the Year award after Francisco Dias became the first-ever A-10 men's tennis student-athlete to earn the distinction as both the conference's Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer following the 2011-12 season.
The two-time A-10 Men's Tennis Coach of the Year guided his 2011-12 squad to its second straight conference crown and second-ever appearance in the NCAA Championship. Under Coach Munoz's guidance, 2012 MVP Ugur Atalay collected several postseason accolades, as he was named the recipient of the A-10 Sportsmanship Award, in addition to earning a spot on the Academic All-Conference Team. Atalay was also the recipient of GW's J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete award, given annually to a graduating male who excels in athletics, academics and community service.
During his fifth season at the helm in 2011, Coach Munoz guided the team to its first Atlantic 10 Championship since 1979, while also helping the Colonials to their first-ever appearance at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.
Under his vision, Coach Munoz has had 30 student-athletes named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference Teams, while four were named Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Year. Matching its excellence on the court, his squad has been awarded with GW's Men's Team Academic Excellence Award four times and the ITA All-Academic Team honors five times, while he also coached two ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II student-athletes.
Coach Munoz currently owns a record of 95-64 as head coach of the Colonials, just five wins shy of 100 career victories. Prior to GW, the New Jersey native was the volunteer assistant coach for Johns Hopkins University while pursuing his master's in finance and marketing in 1993, and became the assistant men's tennis coach at JHU during the 1993-94 season. He also was the head girl's tennis coach at Washington's Georgetown Visitation Prep School from 2000-01 and worked with GW's men's tennis program in 1999 and in served as an assistant coach from 2004-05.
A 1992 graduate of Binghamton University, Coach Munoz was the East Regional Senior Player of the Year and an NCAA singles qualifier from 1990-92. He was also the Rolex East Doubles champion in 1991.