Dick Gould Announces Retirement From Coaching

Oct. 2, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University men's tennis coach Dick Gould, who has guided the Cardinal to 17 NCAA Championships in his 37 seasons, announced today that he will retire from coaching after the 2003-04 season and will assume the position of Director of Tennis.

Stanford has also announced that longtime associate head coach John Whitlinger, who was an NCAA Singles and Doubles Champion on The Farm, will take over the head coaching duties on September 1, 2004.

'Stanford has provided me with an incredible 38-year journey,' Gould said. 'I will be forever indebted to the wonderful young men with whom I had the great pleasure to work, and who in turn have taught me so much and made my life so rich.

'As for the future, I am looking forward to the continuing privilege of serving this fantastic university and Stanford Athletics as the Director of Tennis. There is much to be done as we strive to maintain and improve our tradition of excellence, and I am thankful the Department of Athletics has afforded me the opportunity to be an integral part of this.'

Gould will go down in the record books as one of the most decorated coaches in NCAA history.

The Stanford graduate has won 17 NCAA Team Championships, which ranks as the second highest total in NCAA history by a coach in a single sport. He has also coached 10 NCAA Singles Champions, six NCAA Doubles Champions and has won 14 Pacific-10 Conference Team Championships.

The list of players that have played for Gould on The Farm is a long and impressive one, including John McEnroe, Gene Mayer, Roscoe Tanner, Tim Mayotte, Alex Mayer, Scott Davis, David Wheaton, Derrick Rostagno, Patrick McEnroe, Jim Grabb, Jonathan Stark, Alex O'Brien, Jared Palmer, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, to name a few.

Gould will enter his final season with a dual record of 757-140 (.844 winning percentage), including an 85-10 (.895) record in the NCAA Team Championships. He became the Division I men's tennis all-time career win leader in 2001, and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coach of the Decade in both the 1980's and 1990's. In addition, he has been inducted into the Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame and the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

Equally impressive are Gould's contributions off the court to both Stanford tennis and the community. He spearheaded campaigns to raise $16 million for the building of the Taube Tennis Center, which is one of the top tennis facilities in the nation. He helped found the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program, which makes it home at the Taube Tennis Center, and has brought top-flight professional tennis events such as the WTA Bank of the West Classic, the Fed Cup and Siebel Champions to The Farm.

For his efforts in the community, Gould has been honored with the 2002 Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award for 'exceptional service to Stanford University', the 1989 Volvo 'Service to Tennis' Award, the 1989 'Linda Meier Service Award' presented by the Peninsula Center for the Blind and the 1983 'Educational Merit Award' presented by the United States Tennis Association.

'Dick Gould exemplifies everything that a collegiate coach should be,' Stanford Director of Athletics Dr. Ted Leland said. 'Dick has not only created the most successful program in NCAA tennis history, but he has been an invaluable asset to his student-athletes, this department, and the community. We are thrilled to have Dick remain in the department as the Director of Tennis.'

Whitlinger is entering his 18th season on The Farm, as an assistant coach and associate head coach, and has led the Cardinal to nine national championships and a 377-50 dual record (.883) during his tenure. Whitlinger was awarded the inaugural Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year Award in 1997 and has been inducted into both the ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame and the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

'I'm very excited about taking over the program as head coach,' Whitlinger said. 'I hope tomaintain the excellence that Coach Gould started 38 years ago. I have learned so much from him as a player, and over the last 18 years as coach. I am forever grateful for all he has done for me. He has been an incredible friend and mentor. We have formed a great team over the last 18 years, and I'm thrilled that he will be still be a part of the program as the Director of Tennis.'

'John has been an integral part in creating the championship tradition of Stanford men's tennis,' Leland said. 'He is an outstanding coach and individual, and will maintain the program's tradition of excellence for many years to come.'

As an athlete, Whitlinger helped Stanford to its first two NCAA Men's Tennis Championships in 1973 and 1974. In 1974 alone, he won the NCAA Team, Singles and Doubles championships. Following his time at Stanford, he played on the professional tour for six years and was ranked among the top 50 in the world in singles and the top 40 in doubles.

'I am especially pleased that John Whitlinger will succeed me as men's tennis coach,' Gould said. 'No one has represented Stanford with more class, loyalty and efficiency than John - first as an NCAA Champion, and second, as a top-flight coach for the last 18 years. As all of the players who have worked under John will attest, Stanford is fortunate to be able to retain a man of John's caliber in this position.'


Stanford University --- Announced the retirement of men's tennis head coach Dick Gould, effective September 1, 2004, to become Director of Tennis. Announced the promotion of John Whitlinger from men's tennis associate head coach to head coach, effective September 1, 2004.

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