Veteran Assistant Coach Gordon O'Reilly Steps Down

Sept. 14, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Veteran Washington men's tennis assistant coach Gordon O'Reilly, who mentored Husky tennis players for the last 11 years, has resigned from the position to pursue other business opportunities, UW head coach Matt Anger announced Tuesday. Among his future endeavors, O'Reilly plans to devote his time to authoring a book.

'Our program has made many strides in the last decade and Gordon has been a big part of that success,' Anger said. 'Gordon is a great coach and a great friend. I'm going miss all the days that we worked together.'

O'Reilly was an assistant at Washington for the last 11 years, including all 10 years of Anger's tenure as head coach. O'Reilly was named the Region 8 Assistant Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2004, and helped guide the Huskies to three-straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

With O'Reilly on the coaching staff, the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last 10 seasons. He coached four Husky All-Americans including Alex Vlaski, Matt Hanlin, Robert Kendrick and Eric Drew.

'While it's sad to leave, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many academically and athletically successful young men, and to have worked with a head coach who is every bit as good as they come,' O'Reilly said. 'To have helped Matt and the men's program on its way to the top tier of collegiate tennis has been a great joy, and I anticipate only the best for the program's future.'

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