David Hodge Named Assistant Men's Tennis Coach
Sept. 3, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - David Hodge begins his first season on the Stanford men's tennis coaching staff after serving the past two seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Colorado University. During his time in Boulder, Hodge coached the 2004 Region VII Freshman of the Year and helped the Buffaloes to a No. 4 regional ranking, while also serving as the director of the Colorado University Tennis Camp. Hodge, who brings a wealth of collegiate and professional experience to The Farm, will serve as the top assistant on head coach John Whitlinger's staff for the 2004-05 season.
'Dave is an accomplished player with an incredible love for the game,' stated head coach John Whitlinger. 'I feel that he is one of the best assistant coaches in the country, and his technical knowledge and strength of character will bring energy and enthusiasm to the program. I'm looking forward to coaching with him on The Farm.'
As a professional, Hodge competed on the ITF and ATP circuits for two years. He played in the main draw at the 2002 Australian Open Grand Slam tournament, and was a finalist for the 2001 Australian Unity Destiny Medal, awarded annually to the most outstanding player on the Australian Satelite, Future, and Challenger circuits. Hodge won doubles titles in five different international tournaments, and put together a streak of 21 straight wins in doubles competition.
On the open circuit, Hodge claimed the Colorado State Open singles title in 2003, and reached the finals in the doubles tournament. He was the recipient of the 2003 Jim Landin Award, presented to the USTA Intermountain Section/Colorado District Male Player of the Year. Hodge also earned Denver City Open titles in both singles and doubles competition in 2003. He teamed with Colorado head coach Sam Winterbotham to win the doubles championship at the Colorado State Open in July of 2004.
Prior to his tenure as a professional, Hodge enjoyed an All-American career at Baylor University from 1997-2001. He was a four-time All-Big XII selection and earned conference titles as a singles and doubles competitor, while leading the Bears to the Big XII Conference title in 2000. Hodge helped bring Baylor tennis to national prominence, as the Bears advanced to the final eight of the 1999 NCAA Tournament and the Sweet-16 of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. In individual competition, he received a No. 2 ITA doubles ranking and was ranked as high as No. 54 as a singles competitor. Hodge also garnered Academic All-Big XII honors four times during his career in Waco, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Health Science Studies with an emphasis on Physical Therapy.
A native of Maryborough, Queensland, Hodge represented Australia four times as a junior competitor and spent time as the nation's No. 2 ranked Under-18 tennis player. He earned a Queensland State High School Championship in 1996, and represented Queensland eight times during his junior career, twice serving as the team captain.