Revised as of April 13, 2022
As the 2022 college tennis spring season slowly begins to wind down, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association “ITA” wants to recognize some of the milestones reached by coaches across the country this year.
Whether they are just beginning their journey as a college tennis coach or are a veteran with years of experience under their belts, many coaches from every level of play surpassed numerous win milestones in the 2022 spring season.
Below are some of the many coaches who reached new heights this spring:
Brian Kalbas, North Carolina
- 700 Career Wins
The storied North Carolina Women’s Tennis Head Coach reached yet another milestone in the 2022 spring season, notching his 700th career win as a head coach. Kalbas now joins Georgia Women’s Tennis Head Coach Jeff Wallace as the only two active head coaches with more than 700 wins to their name. Now in his 30th season as a head coach, and 19th season with the Tar Heels, Kalbas has continued to push North Carolina to new heights as they have won their third straight ITA Indoor Championship in 2022 and have yet to drop a match on the season.
Chase Hodges, Georgia Gwinnett
- 600 Career Wins
At the helm of one of NAIA’s most successful programs, Georgia Gwinnett Head Coach Chase Hodges adds another accomplishment to his already long list of accolades, securing his 600th career win as a Head Coach this spring. The Grizzlies Head Coach has won 13 NAIA National Championships while holding a 0.942 winning percentage during his ten years with Georgia Gwinnett.
Sheila McInerney, Arizona State
- 550 Career Wins
Arizona State Women’s Tennis Head Coach Sheila McInerney secured win No. 550 this season as she continues to add to what has already been a very successful career. Now in her 38th season with the Sun Devils, McInerney has advanced to the NCAA Tournament every season of her career and was named the 2016 ITA Meritorious Service Award for all of her contributions to the sport of tennis over her career. McInerney and Arizona State currently rank No. 20 in the ITA Team Rankings and will look to make another strong postseason run this year.
Mark Riley, Kalamazoo
- 400 Career Wins
Mark Riley at the Division III program Kalamazoo, won his 400th career match this season to add to what has already been a great career. Beginning his career in 1994 at Drake, Riley has gone on to coach at Kansas and Penn before taking over at his alma mater Kalamazoo in 2008. In the years since Riley has been named the Men’s ITA Central Region Coach of the Year in 2017 and has the Hornets ranked No. 31 in the latest ITA Division III National Team Rankings.
Keith Puryear, Navy
- 250 Career Wins
Starting the program in the 2008-09 season as a club team, Navy Women’s Tennis Head Coach Keith Puryear has led the Midshipmen to become one of the top programs in the Patriot League. Over his entire career as a coach, Puryear is nearing 700 career wins and has left his mark on both programs that he has led. The 2022 spring season has been one for the books for Navy and Puryear as the Midshipmen are currently 20-4 and will look for a strong finish in the Patriot League Tournament.
Abby Davis, Arkansas Tech
- 200 Career Wins
Now in her 18th year at the helm of the Arkansas Tech Women’s Tennis program, Abby Davis has reached the 200 win mark over her career this season in what has been one of the many hats she wears for the Golden Suns. Not just a tennis coach, Davis also serves as Arkansas Tech’s Interm Athletic Director as well as Senior Women Advisor for what makes for a busy schedule no matter the season. Davis has led the Golden Suns to a winning record in 12 of the past 14 seasons and will look to add another season to this list in 2022.
Traci Green, Harvard
- 200 Career Wins
Harvard Women’s Tennis Coach Traci Green hit a career milestone this spring winning her 150th career match. As the first African American Head Coach at Harvard to lead a team to an Ivy League Championship, Green has been a part of a huge turnaround for the Harvard program. The 2022 season has been another successful one for Harvard as they currently rank within the Top-75 of the ITA Team Rankings and will look to continue to climb the rankings as the regular season begins to wrap up.
Somadi Druker, Queens College
- 100 Career Wins
Queens College Head Men’s Tennis Coach Somadi Druker reached 100 wins over her career this spring as she continues to blaze trails in the coaching industry. As a five-time ECC Coach of the Year, Druker has brought Queens College to become one of the top teams in the East Region of the DII Rankings. Druker and the Knights currently rank No. 59 in the latest ITA DII Team Rankings as they look to continue to build on recent success under Druker.
If you know a collegiate coach who has reached a milestone in the 2022 spring season, feel free to reach out to the ITA’s Digital Media Manager Zach Pohlmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have them added to this list!