Colonials to Compete at Five Tournaments to Prepare for Spring Slate
Colonials Earn Accolade for Academic, Athletic Success
Colonials Earn All-Academic Team Status; Three Tabbed Scholar-Athletes
Colonials Close 2014 With 20-Spot Improvement From 2013
Dias Named Most Outstanding Performer, Munoz Tabbed League's Coach of the Year
GW vs. St. John's (4.06.2013) photo by Nick Wass
Greg Munoz enters his ninth season at the helm of the George Washington men's tennis team in 2014-15 after leading the program to new heights both within the Atlantic 10 Conference as well as on a national level.
Coach Munoz's squad wrapped 2013-14, arguably its best season to date, with a No. 53 national ranking, a 20-spot improvement from the 2012-13 season, and a No. 4 ranking in the ITA Atlantic Region. Junior Francisco Dias and freshman Julius Tverijonas capped their year as the No. 78 doubles tandem in the country and the No. 8 pair in the region.
Under Coach Munoz's direction, GW avenged a loss to VCU from the 2013 A-10 Championship with a come-from-behind 4-1 win over the Rams in 2014 to claim the Colonials' third conference crown in four seasons. With the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Team Championship, senior Nikita Fomin recorded the team's first-ever NCAA point with a straight-set decision in his No. 2 singles match. All six members of the Colonials' lineup picked up a year-end award from the A-10, including Most Outstanding Performer and Coach of the Year nods for Dias and Coach Munoz, and the 10 total postseason honors are a program record.
GW put together a grueling 2014 spring schedule that featured 11 nationally ranked opponents and went 5-6 against top-70 competition, with the team's highest win coming over No. 60 UNC Wilmington. The Buff and Blue also closed the season having reached the 17-win mark for the third straight year.
Following season's end, Fomin and classmate Ulrik Thomsen swept GW Athletics' top awards at the Senior Honors Breakfast over commencement weekend. Fomin was crowned the J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete, while Thomsen, a three-time GW Outstanding Academic Achievement Award honoree, claimed the Senior Male Scholar-Athlete award.
During 2012-13, GW reached the A-10 Championship title match for the fourth straight year and finished the season with a No. 73 national ranking for the first time in Coach Munoz's tenure after peaking as high as No. 45. Additionally, Coach Munoz saw 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 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 three-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 38 student-athletes named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference Teams, while four were named Atlantic 10 Performer of the Year and four were tabbed A-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 five times and the ITA All-Academic Team honors six times, while he also coached two ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II student-athletes.
Coach Munoz secured his 100th career victory with the Buff and Blue in 2014 on a tripleheader swing through North Carolina from Feb. 28-March 2 when then-unranked GW knocked off No. 70 Charlotte and No. 60 UNC Wilmington and topped East Carolina to launch back into the national rankings. He currently owns an overall record of 112-71.
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.