Schwarz Named ITA National Coach Of The Year

May 17, 2004

5/17/04 - After winning Regional and NESCAC honors, Middlebury College men's tennis coach Dave Schwarz has been named the ITA National Coach of the Year. The four-year head coach led the Panthers to their first NCAA Championship last week with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Williams. Earlier in the spring, he led the team to its first NESCAC Championship.

In just four years at Middlebury, Schwarz has amassed a 51-16 record, leading the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances. After falling in the second round in '02, he led the team to the NCAA semifinals a year ago.

Schwarz came to Middlebury from Cornell, where he was the assistant men's tennis coach and Director of the Reis Tennis Center on campus. Following his final season at Cornell, Schwarz was named the Division I Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's tennis programs at Cornell for two seasons.

Schwarz is a 1989 graduate of Cornell, where he played four years of varsity tennis. He received his master's degree from Cortland State in 1995 and then worked as an assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Ithaca College from 1995-1997.

He has continued to be an active player, earning singles and doubles championship honors in Tompkins County, New York on five different occasions. He was also named the Southern Tier Player of the Year in 1999. A USTA member, Schwarz has been the victor of several men's open tournaments throughout New York and Vermont.