Three-time ITA Region Coach of the Year joins Tigers staff
Duo to face Penn State tandem in First Round.
Tigers add more awards to their list of accomplishments.
Tigers fall 4-3 in regional finals.
Tigers improve to 3-2 in NCAA play with 4-3 victory.
Take a look back at the 2013-14 men's tennis season that said farewell to the Tigers' most successful senior class, a fifth-straight Conference championship appearance, third-straight NCAA appearance and another top 25 national ranking!
After their very successful 2012-13 season, the Memphis men's tennis team was awarded with their C-USA Championship rings.
For the first time in the programs history, the men's tennis team has a strength and conditioning coach and he's already made a big impact on the team. Meet the team's strength coach Corey Smith for the first time right here on the Memphis Tiger Network.
Head coach Paul Goebel talks to Jeff Brightwell about the team's second straight NCAA Tournament appearance coming up this week. The Tigers received a No. 2 seed in the Ole Miss region and take on BYU on Friday in Oxford, MS.
Episode 81: Jeff Brightwell sits down with men's tennis head coach Paul Goebel to talk about the Tigers' C-USA championship run last weekend as well as looking forward to the NCAA Championships.
Photos from Memphis' 4-3 win over Drake in the 2014 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.
After 10 seasons at the helm of the University of Memphis men's tennis program, Paul Goebel has elevated the Tigers' program to unprecedented heights with high expectations for 2014-15.
Last season, the Tigers established a number of program benchmarks. The doubles team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury started the spring dual season ranked No. 3 in the country, the highest-ever national ranking for a Tigers' doubles tandem. The duo became just the third Memphis doubles entry to qualify for the main draw of the ITA All-American, where they strung together a run to the quarterfinals, the deepest a Memphis entry has ever gone in the draw. Less than two weeks later, the duo became the first Tigers in program history to defeat the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the country when they upset the team of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee, 8-4, in the semifinals of the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals in Knoxville. They went on to win the ITA Regional doubles crown, another program first, qualifying for the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, where they advanced to the Round of 16. The duo closed out their impressive collegiate careers by appearing in the NCAA Doubles draw.
Memphis entered the 2014 spring dual season with some major team momentum as well. After making its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2012, the Tigers won two matches in the 2013 NCAA tournament, making the program's first-ever appearance in the Round of 16 and finishing the season ranked No. 20 in the country, the program's highest-ever team ranking. Memphis would head in to the 2014 NCAA tournament against a familiar foe, Drake University, defeating the Bulldogs in a 4-3 thriller, advancing to the NCAA Second Round for a second straight season.
Individually, the Tigers captured a program-best 10 conference post season honors, including sophomore Connor Glennon earning the Conference USA Player of the Year award and Goebel earning his second conference coach of the year honor. Juniors David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury were named first team, all-conference in doubles, while Glennon and junior Cedric De Zutter earned second team all-conference doubles honors. In singles play, Glennon was named first team, while Salisbury and junior Johnny Grimal were named second team in singles play. Salisbury also grabbed an academic honor, being voted to the conference's all-academic team.
Since taking over as the program's head coach after spending the previous five seasons as the assistant coach, Goebel has guided Tigers to 18 all-conference honors, including Glennon's Player of the Year honor in 2013 and freshman of the year honor in 2012 and Amrit Narasimhan's Newcomer of the Year honor in 2007.
A program that ranked No. 73 in the country at the end of Goebel's first season at the helm, the Tigers spent the entire 2013 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings, capturing their first-ever C-USA tournament crown. After starting the 2011-12 season not among the national rankings, Memphis broke into the national rankings the second week of the season and has remained there since, a streak of 32 straight polls heading in to the 2013-14 season.
Of the six Tigers in program history to earn first-team, all-conference honors, Goebel has been the head coach of the program for five of them. He coached Jorge Vazquez to a 2009 first-team honor. Johnny Grimal and David O'Leary were named first team singles honorees in 2012, and were joined by Connor Glennon. Glennon then became the first Tiger in school history to earn repeat first-team all-conference honors with his award in 2013. The one other Tiger that earned first-team, all-conference honors that preceded Goebel's taking over the team is former Tiger, and current Lady Tigers head coach, Lee Taylor Walker. Goebel was an assistant for the Tigers while Walker was earning his first team honor and eventually earning a spot on the C-USA All-Decade Team in 2005.
Goebel has also raised the level of expectations off the court. Two of his men's tennis teams have earned C-USA Sport Academic Awards (honoring the highest team GPA among each conference sport), in 2010-11 and 2005-06. Of the 30 C-USA commissioner's academic medalists, 18 of them have come since Goebel took over the program.
The Tigers have earned ITA All-Academic Team honors in six of the last seven seasons. Juniors Cedric De Zutter and Joe Salisbury were named ITA Scholar Athletes in 2013. It was the second ITA academic honor for Salisbury and the third for De Zutter. Current Tiger David O'Hare is also a two-time ITA Scholar Athlete. In school history, Tigers have received 31 ITA Scholar-Athlete awards, 24 of them coached by Goebel.
A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Goebel came to Memphis after a stellar career at Middle Tennessee, where he was part of the school's first All-America doubles team, which earned him a place in the MTSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Goebel became the second men's tennis player to be inducted into the Middle Tennessee Hall of Fame. A member of the MTSU team from 1990-1994, Goebel served as the team's captain from 1992-1994 and was a four-time, all-conference player. He was also named the student-athlete of the year in 1994.
Following his collegiate playing career, Goebel served as a student assistant coach in 1995 at Middle Tennessee, while also playing professionally. He graduated from MTSU in 1995.
Goebel moved to Memphis and became a tennis professional at The Racquet Club of Memphis beginning in 1996. At The Racquet Club, Goebel taught top national and southern-ranked juniors and has coached in a variety of area training centers, zonals and national team events. In 1999, Goebel was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the "Men's 25 and Over" age group.
He sits on various NCAA tennis committees and has won two conference coach of the year awards (2012, 2013).
He and his wife, Shelly, have four children.