Hodge Leaves Stanford for Australia; Husack Joins Illinois, SoCal Wins National 18s Boys Team Championships; Isner Beats Henman in Washington DC
Despite what it seems to me here at the moment, the tennis world doesn't revolve around Kalamazoo, and there's been a couple of personnel changes of note in men's D-I college tennis this past week. Dave Hodge, the Stanford assistant, leaving Palo Alto and returning to Australia, according to this story in the Herald Sun. George Husack, previously head coach at Santa Clara University, will take the University of Illinois assistant coach's position recently vacated by Kent Kinnear. Details are in this release from the Fighting Illini website.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Amanda Augustus was leaving the women's head coaching position at the University of Michigan to take over for the retiring Jan Brogan at Cal-Berkeley, Augustus' alma mater.
The USTA Boys 18 National Team Championships finished today in Champaign-Urbana, and once again it was Southern California on top, their fourth straight title. But it wasn't easy, as the 4-3 score in the final over Southern indicates. The results are available at the event's website, and Marcia Frost has been filing reports for collegeandjuniortennis.com.
And finally, John Isner defeated Tim Henman today in the first round of the ATP Legg Mason tournament in Washington DC. Isner, who recently signed a pro contract with SFX, the same management firm as Andy Roddick and the Bryan twins, won the Lexington Challenger over the weekend and only got a wild card into the DC tournament when Fernando Gonzalez, who had accepted a wild card earlier, withdrew with an injury.