January 18, 2012

Gary Victor Named USPTA California College Coach of the Year

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- CSUN women's tennis head coach Gary Victor has been named the USPTA California College Coach of the Year for 2011. Now in his 15th season in charge of the Matadors, Victor received the award for the third time in his career (1999, 2003) after helping lead the Matadors to another successful spring and fall campaign.

The 2011 spring season represented yet another memorable campaign for Victor and the Matadors.

The team finished the season with a 16-10 overall record, but made waves in the Big West Tournament by knocking off a nationally ranked Cal Poly squad in the tournament's quarterfinals. CSUN also posted notable victories over a nationally ranked San Diego State squad on a neutral court, Nevada, LMU, Pacific and Columbia.

Individually, Victor saw Brooke Doane earn her third-straight All-Big West Doubles First Team award, teaming with Jennifer Sher to go 16-2 on the season. Both Sher and Doane also earned All-Big West Singles First Team honors and Maria Pistalu received All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention for her work with Doane.

"It is a humbling honor to receive this award and I want to thank my student-athletes, assistant coaches and athletic trainers for all their hard work this past year," Victor said. "We had some nice performances and our tournament win over Cal Poly was a great moment. I am fortunate to have been part of such a special group."

As he prepares to begin the 2012 season, Victor owns a career record of 197-144 (.588) and has coached 35 all-league singles team and 17 all-league doubles tandems.

Victor has lined-up another challenging schedule in addition to the rigors of Big West play. The Matadors open the season at the ITA Kickoff Weekend Invitational on the campus of the University of Miami. CSUN will face the host Hurricanes and either South Florida or UCSB in Coral Gables.

A south Florida native, Victor expects the trip to serve as a good early challenge.

"It's a thrill to bring our team to my old neighborhood. I grew up in Coral Gables and my family is still all within an hour of the Miami campus. It's an exciting time for myself and for the team." Victor said."

"Miami is a great program who has experienced national success and we look forward to the challenge. It is a great opportunity to see how we stack up against some of the best. This is a national invitational. Not every team gets this chance and we surely want to take advantage of it."

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