July 10, 2014
BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins Senior Associate Director of Athletics Mike Mattia announced today the promotion of women's tennis coach Dave Woodring to Director of Tennis. Woodring is the first full-time director in the program's history and will handle all the day-to-day operations of both the men's and women's tennis programs. He will also continue as the head coach of the women's program, which finished fourth at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Chuck Willenborg, the program's first Director of Tennis, will continue as the head coach of the men's team.
"We are very excited to have Dave Woodring join our staff on a full-time basis," Mattia said. "Dave has been vital in helping build the tennis programs into consistent national championship contenders. The University has acknowledged the success of the tennis program over the years, and has shown a strong commitment to improving upon those successes with the new facility set to be online this fall, along with the elevation of the Director of Tennis to a full-time position. With the new facility and having Dave be able to dedicate more time in recruiting, managing both programs, and most importantly being available for our student-athletes, I know that the goal of a national championship is not far away."
After serving as an assistant under Willenborg for six seasons, Woodring was promoted to head coach of the women's program in 2011 and has carried on the winning tradition first established by Willenborg. In the last four seasons, the women's program has produced an impressive 79-15 (.840) record, including a 40-0 (1.000) mark in the Centennial Conference, with three trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. The Blue Jays have been ranked number one by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) five times in the last two seasons and won back-to-back ITA National Team Indoor Titles. Woodring has also coached 27 All-Centennial selections and seven ITA All-Americans since taking over as head coach.
"It's nice that all the hard work and effort that Chuck and I have put into this program has been recognized," Woodring stated. "I would like to first and foremost thank my good friend Chuck for always believing in me and supporting me. I would also like to thank all of the young men and women who have played for me and been such a huge part of the success of the program, and my success personally. I am really excited for the upcoming year, and the continued success of Johns Hopkins Tennis."
"Congratulations to Dave as he has done an amazing job for Johns Hopkins Tennis," Willenborg commented. "This promotion is well deserved. Having Dave as a full-time coach and having a new on-campus tennis facility, will elevate the level of success that we have enjoyed over the past 10 years. The future of Johns Hopkins Tennis looks very bright."
Willenborg's impact on the men's and women's tennis programs was immediate upon his arrival in 2005. In his first season, the men's team won its first Centennial Conference title, snapping Washington College's 11-year hold on the title, and finished with a then program-record 13 wins. The following year, Hopkins made its first NCAA Tournament appearance and by his third season, the Blue Jays had made the NCAA Sweet 16 and produced the program's first ITA All-American. During his 10 years at Homewood, the men's program has accumulated a 173-47 (.786) record, including an 85-2 (.977) mark in the conference, nine NCAA Tournament appearances, nine Centennial titles and two NCAA Quarterfinals. Willenborg has also coached 21 ITA All-Americans and 66 all-conference selections. In his first season with the women's team, Willenborg guided the Blue Jays to a then school-record 13 wins for the team's first double-digit win season in more than a decade. The Hopkins women then won their first Centennial title and earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007.
In July 2013, Johns Hopkins launched a capital campaign to support the men's and women's tennis programs. The $1.5 million campaign was geared exclusively to the on-campus playing facility used by both teams. Construction began in June and is slated to be complete this fall. The current playing facility, which sits along North Charles Street near the intersection of University Parkway and North Charles, is undergoing a major facelift to include the complete resurfacing of all six playing courts, a state of the art lighting system for night matches, spectator seating along the Charles Street side of the facility and a plaza area with restrooms and storage areas.