Hodge Named Head Coach of Australian World University Games Team

April 18, 2007

Assistant men's tennis coach David Hodge has been named head coach of the Australian World University Games Team that will compete in Bangkok, Thailand, August 8-18. Hodge, in his third season at Stanford as an assistant to John Whitlinger, will coach both the men's and women's teams at the World University Games. Hodge is a native of Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.

'I am extremely honored to be chosen head coach of the World University Games Team,' said Hodge. 'I don't get to wear the green and gold too often. It's a great opportunity to participate in such a prestigious, world-wide event. I'm looking forward to representing Australia and competing for the five gold medals.'

The World University Games teams are comprised of two male and two female players who compete for five medals: men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.

Hodge, who came to Stanford in 2005. 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 team captain.

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 and was a finalist for the 2001 Australian Unity Destiny Medal, awarded to the most outstanding player on the Australian Satellite, Future and Challenger circuits.

Hodge was a four-time All-Big XII selection and enjoyed an All-America career at Baylor from 1997-2001.

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