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David Geatz Named Men's Tennis Head Coach at Penn

Geatz served as head coach for Cornell men's and women's tennis programs for the 2009-10 season.
Geatz served as head coach for Cornell men's and women's tennis programs for the 2009-10 season.

Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania's Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky, has announced David Geatz as the Quakers' new Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men's Tennis.

"We are excited to welcome David to the Penn family," said Bilsky. "When you take a look at his resume, what jumps out at you is the success he has had at every one of his stops. With a new tennis facility opening up later this summer, we feel like we are uniquely positioned for success within the Ivy League, the region, and nationally. David is the perfect person to help the men's tennis program meet those expectations."

"I am excited for the opportunity to be the head coach at Penn," said Geatz. "With the new facility coming in, I really feel like there is unlimited potential for this program. I am looking forward to getting in on the ground level and working toward bringing the Ivy League trophy back to Philadelphia."

Geatz (pronounced like "gets") has had a long and varied coaching career, but what cannot be dismissed is his success within the collegiate ranks. Most recently, he spent two years at Cornell, the first (2008-09) as head coach of men's tennis and the second (2009-10) as head coach of both the men's and women's tennis programs. Geatz's impact on the men's program was immediate and obvious -- a perennial second-division program, the Big Red men finished sixth in the Ivy League in 2008, before his arrival. In his first year, however, Cornell went 5-2 in the Ancient Eight to finish second in the standings, behind Columbia. The Big Red then repeated the feat in 2010. Those second-place finishes marked the program's best EITA/Ivy finishes until this past spring, when Cornell won the Ivy title for the first time. Though heavily bearing his stamp, the Big Red's title run came without him at the helm -- Geatz left Cornell following the 2010 spring season. He is currently the Director of Tennis at the Greenwich (Conn.) Country Club.

For 18 years, from 1988-2006, Geatz was the head coach of men's tennis at the University of Minnesota. During his tenure, the Golden Gophers won five Big Ten championships and put together a 45-match win streak in conference play (including four undefeated regular-season campaigns). Geatz was a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and also earned NCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors once. His teams had a streak of 12 straight NCAA Championship appearances, and he led the program to a No. 10 national ranking which was its highest ever. Individually, Geatz coached Harsh Mankad to the No. 1 position nationally in singles.

In between his Minnesota and Cornell stints, Geatz spent one year as the Director of Tennis at the prestigious Hong Kong Country Club. He returned to the States for the 2007-08 collegiate season to serve as associate head coach of Ohio State men's tennis, helping the Buckeyes to a 35-2 record, a No. 2 national ranking, and the Big Ten title. OSU advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal round that year, and finished the season ranked third in the national poll.

Geatz first college job was head coach of men's tennis at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico, from 1983-88, during which he led the Lobos to a top-20 national ranking and earned Western Athletic Conference and NCAA regional coach of the year honors.

Certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), Geatz graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in University Studies. He also holds a Master's and a Ph.D. in Sports Administration from UNM, earning those in 1985 and 1991, respectively.