Matt Anger Inducted To The USTA NorCal Tennis Hall of Fame
July 28, 2005
PALO ALTO, CALIF. - Washington men's tennis head coach Matt Anger was inducted into the USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame in a ceremony that took place at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University, Thursday.
Anger was one of four 2005 inductees, a class that included former Husky women's head coach Patty McCain, as well as Susan Anawalt and Gordon Collins.
Anger, a native of Pleasanton, Calif., has been at the helm of the UW men's tennis program since 1995 and in the last 11 seasons has guided the Huskies to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and ITA West Region Coach of the Year, Anger led last season's squad to a share of its first-ever Pac-10 title with a 6-1 conference record.
Anger, the program's all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 183-87, led UW to the NCAA Sweet 16 four times in the last five years including three straight trips from 2001-03. He led UW to its highest ITA ranking ever of sixth in 2001 and coached four Husky All-Americans. He mentored three-time All-American Alex Vlaski who won Washington's first national title since 1924 when he captured the 2003 ITA All-American Singles Championship.
Anger was a successful player himself, earning three All-America honors at the University of Southern California (1982-84). He played eight years on the pro tour, earning an ATP singles ranking of No. 23. He was the winner of three Grand Prix titles and advanced to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in singles in 1986. Anger won the Junior Wimbledon singles title in 1981 and was ranked as the No. 1 junior in the world by Tennis Magazine.
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