WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University Vice President and Director of Athletics Marilyn McNeil has announced the hiring of Cory Hubbard as the new Director of Tennis. Hubbard, a former standout for Texas A&M, will take over the helm of the MU men's tennis program as well as assist long time women's tennis head coach, Patrice Murray, with day-to-day operations.
"Monmouth University is fortunate to have hired Cory Hubbard as our new Director of Tennis," stated McNeil. "Cory brings to us an impressive resume, both as a player and as a coach. He has had success at every stop in his career and exudes a contagious confidence about the future of Monmouth tennis. We are excited about the promise for MU tennis!"
"I want to thank the administration for this opportunity and I am very excited to be named the Director of Tennis at Monmouth," said Hubbard. "What attracted me to MU was the school's commitment to the tennis programs and the feeling of support and strength of the athletic department. I truly believe my previous playing and coaching experiences at top-20 programs can help take the Hawks to the NCAA tournament in the near future. Monmouth has had a tradition of championship teams in the mid to late 90s, so I look forward to building the program back up to that level."
Hubbard arrives in West Long Branch after a two-year stint at Fordham University. While with the Rams, the Texas native led his squad to an 18-10 record in 2012, tying a school mark in wins en route to a fifth place finish and the program's first ever appearance in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals. The squad was tabbed as the most improved program in the nation, improving by 14 wins, while Hubbard was nominated for the A-10's Coach of the Year honors. Hubbard excelled on the recruiting trail, landing the 27th-best recruiting class in nation and fifth-ranked mid-major class in 2011 according to TennisRecruiting.net. During his tenure in the Bronx, Hubbard mentored three All-Atlantic 10 selections, four ITA Regional Main Draw players, while 14 student-athletes received academic honors during his.
In addition to his on court success, Hubbard also developed and carried out facilities upgrades, improving Fordham's clubhouse and locker room as well as creating Fordham Baseline Booster Club which, similar to Monmouth's Blue/White Club, helped support the experience of the student-athlete.
Hubbard excelled at his other collegiate coaching stops as well as in the private sector. As an assistant at Texas Christian University, Hubbard helped guide the Horned Frogs to the NCAA Tournament all three seasons, while climbing to No. 13 in the country in the 2004-2005. In Fort Worth, Texas, Hubbard coached nine All-Conference USA selections, including the 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year before becoming the associate head coach at the University of Arizona in 2005-2006. With the Wildcats, who were paced by two All-PAC 10 honorees and the NCAA Singles All-American, scored the school's second ever win over USC and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Hubbard also coached the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranked players in Alex Menichini, Dave Lingman, and Cosmin Cotet.
As the Director of USTA Elite Programs/Master Professional at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, Hubbard developed, recruited and trained high performance juniors and created individual player technical and tactical developmental plans.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Hubbard was a member of the Texas A&M tennis squad from 1996-2000. While with the team, the Aggies won a pair of Big 12 Titles (1998, 2000), while advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 twice. A two-time Big 12 Conference All-Athletic Academic First Team honoree, Hubbard was also honored with the inaugural Aggie Heart Award, an awarded designed to recognize the player who exemplifies the highest standard of work ethic, sacrifice, and true dedication to the team while representing the University with value, class and humility.
Hubbard added, "My plan is to recruit quality kids who have a strong desire to be a part of building a championship program from the ground level. It takes a special kind of athlete who wants that challenge and a lot of belief in my vision. I look forward to reaching out to the alumni, student body and the local community to get them involved and excited about the tennis programs. We have a ways to go to reach our goals. I promise our team will always play with heart and passion, and we will be proud to wear the Blue and White."
Monmouth, which will compete in its final season of Northeast Conference play this spring before moving to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), continues its 2012-13 season as it travels to Newark, N.J. for a battle with NJIT on February 1, 2013.
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