Arizona Men's Tennis Hires New Assistant Coach

Aug. 28, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tad Berkowitz has been named the new assistant coach for the University of Arizona men's tennis team as announced by head coach Bill Wright on Thursday.

'Tad (Berkowitz) has had extensive experience while coaching under Tim Cass at Texas A&M and Adam Steinberg at Alabama,' said Wright, who is in his 18th season at the helm of the Wildcat program. 'He is an excellent player, and he had a tremendous college career while competing at Kentucky and New Mexico.'

Last season Berkowitz held the head coaching position at St. Stephen's Tennis Academy in Austin Texas, where he instructed junior tennis players in the fundamentals of the sport.

Berkowitz also held several national coaching positions, including time as the USA Collegiate Summer National Team coach, in 2002. Under Berkowitz's tutelage on that squad was Illinois' Amer Delic, who was a member of the 2003 NCAA Champion team and finished with the No. 2-singles ranking.

Berkowitz's last assistant coaching position was under Tim Cass at Texas A&M in 2001-02. While in College Station, he helped lead the Aggies to a 22-6 overall record and a third-place finish in the Big-12. The team received the No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Before heading to Texas A&M, Berkowitz was assistant coach at Alabama from 1999-2001. During the 2000-01 season, the Crimson Tide earned the ranking of No. 18 and a berth in the NCAA Championships.

As a student-athlete for New Mexico, Berkowitz led the Lobos to two consecutive WAC championships in 1994 and 1995, as well as being a three-time All-WAC standout while playing in the No. 1 singles position. In 1994, he was named ITA Regional Player to Watch before earning WAC Player of the Year honors in 1995. He competed in three NCAA Championships from 1994-1996. He transferred to New Mexico in 1993 after spending the 1992-93 season at No. 5 singles for Kentucky.

While competing professionally after graduation, Berkowitz earned rankings in the top 400 in ATP singles and top 200 in ATP doubles.

Berkowitz earned his degree in speech communications from New Mexico in 1996.

Berkowitz replaces Bob Helmig, who resigned in May to pursue other professional opportunities.

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