Salisbury Earns Senior Award and Goebel Earns Coach of the Year Award from ITA
May 13, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men’s tennis team picked up a pair of Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional honors, Tuesday. Senior Joe Salisbury earned the Ohio Valley’s Most Improved Senior award and head coach Paul Goebel was named the Ohio Valley Region’s Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.
Hailing from London, England, Salisbury will leave Memphis as the program’s career wins leader with 97 doubles victories (prior to the NCAA competition next week) and ranking second with 79 career singles wins, including a pair of wins in the NCAA tournament last weekend. After a straight set win over Ben Lott from Drake in the NCAA first round, Salisbury picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win over Illinois’ Farris Gosea, the reigning Big 10 player of the year and a player currently ranked No. 18 in the country. The capstone singles win for Salisbury was, appropriately, the highest ranked opponent he has beaten in his Memphis career.
A two-time all-conference singles honoree, Salisbury was twice named the American Athletic Conference player of the week this season and shared an American Athletic Conference player of the month award with doubles teammate David O’Hare back in October after the duo became the first in school history to win an ITA regional doubles title and qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. This year, Salisbury has led Memphis with 25 singles victories, sporting an overall record of 25-11. He was 15-5 in dual season play, including a mark of 14-4 at No. 2 singles. He and O’Hare posted a mark of 22-8 so far in doubles play, including a 10-3 mark at No. 1.
This is his third career honor from the ITA, having earned an ITA Scholar-Athlete award in two prior seasons.
Goebel is earning his third career coach of the year award, but his first from the ITA. Since taking over the Tiger program prior to the 2004-05 season, Goebel has led Memphis to a national team ranking in 45 straight ITA rankings and to three straight NCAA bids. Memphis is 3-3 in NCAA tournament play under Goebel, with back-to-back seasons of advancing past the first round. Last year, the Tigers advanced to the Round of 16. With a career mark of 125-103, a Goebel-coached team has not won 15 or fewer matches in four straight seasons. The Tigers have appeared in three straight conference championship final matches, winning a Conference USA title in 2013, when Goebel won his second straight C-USA coach of the year honor.
In addition to helping the Tigers settle in to their off-campus home at The Racquet Club of Memphis, Goebel-coached teams have been named an ITA All-Academic Team for having a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in eight of his last nine seasons, including every year from 2006-2012.
This year, Goebel has coached a trio of Tigers to a full season of being nationally-ranked. Junior Connor Glennon has been nationally-ranked all year in singles play, sporting a mark of 17-9 overall and 11-6 at No. 1 singles, while the doubles team of Salisbury and O’Hare have ranked as high as number three in the nation en route the first NCAA doubles berth in school history.
Goebel will accompany O’Hare and Salisbury to the NCAA doubles championship, which begins play Thursday, May 22nd, at the University of Georgia. The trio will leave Memphis on Saturday to begin preparation for the doubles draw.