Hello American Athletic Conference, We Are Memphis:
On July 1, the University of Memphis officially became a member of the American Athletic Conference. Beginning July 8, GoTigersGo.com brings a daily introduction of each sport at the University of Memphis to the American Athletic Conference. The sport schedule is below with links to previously featured programs.
Former Tiger Benedikt Fischer was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree, earning second team honors in 2008 and first team honors in 2009. He is also one of 27 Tigers who have been named an ITA Scholar Athlete.
Benedikt Fischer was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American
Memphis won five Metro Conference championships in a row from 1976-1980, shared a Metro conference title in 1988 and won their first Conference USA Championship in 2013.
The 1980 squad made it five-straight conference championships
M Club Hall of Famers
Eight players have been inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame. Inductees include former Tiger player and coach Phil Chamberlain (1988), former coach Tommy Bufor (2005) and Bonnie Donderville Farley, who played on the Memphis men's tennis team from 1963-65 when there was no women's program at then-named Memphis State. She was inducted as amember of the men's tennis team in 1997.
Bonnie Donderville was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame as a member of the men's tennis squad
Ranked No. 20
The Tigers finished the 2013 season as the No. 20 ranked team in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings. It was the highest-ever ranking for the Tigers. Memphis spent the entire 2013 season in the national rankings.
The 2013 squad earned the C-USA Men's Tennis championship and was ranked throughout the season
Doubles Ranked No. 39
Rising seniors David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury capped last season as the No. 39 ranked doubles team in the country. They are two of four seniors that will lead the Tigers into the American Athletic Conference this season.
David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury were ranked as the No. 39 doubles at end of last season
Current head coach Paul Goebel picked up his 100th career coaching victory when Memphis upset host San Diego State, then the No. 37 ranked team in the country, 4-3, in the San Diego Invitational tournament on Mar. 23rd, 2013. His 100th career victory tied Phil Chamberlain's career coaching mark of 100-59 achieved from 1999-2004.
Paul Goebel gives instruction to players during the 2013 C-USA Men's Tennis Championships
Tommy Buford Coaching Victories
Former head coach Tommy Buford helped Memphis return men's tennis as an intercollegiate sport in 1967 and coached the Tigers until 1998, posting a career mark of 441-262-3 over 32 seasons. He guided the Tigers to six Metro Conference titles and five second place finished in the league standings. He had five teams win 20 or more matches in a single season.
Tommy Buford led the Tigers to 441 wins in his tenure at then-Memphis State
Program Tops 700 Wins
Memphis defeated Rice in the C-USA semifinals in 2013 to post the program's 700th victory. In all, Memphis men's tennis teams sport a mark of 703-507-5.
The Tigers celebrate victory at the 2013 C-USA Championships