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Paul Tobin is going into his third season as Assistant Coach for the Nittany Lions. During Tobin's tenure at Penn Staff, the Nittany Lions reached historic records and rankings for the first time in program history. Under Tobin's guidance, Penn State achieved an unprecedented 41-21 record and reached a high of No. 16 ITA ranking. In his eleven year span in college coaching, including 3 seasons as Head Coach, Tobin has racked up 206 match career wins.
Coach Tobin's File:
Penn State 2014-15 Highlight's:
- Penn State opened the season ranked 26th in the ITA Poll and reached as high as 16th on January 28.
- Penn State Began the season as third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten, behind only No. 5 Ohio State and No. 11 Illinois.
- 2015 was the first season since 2007 that Penn State was ranked among the Top 55 for the entire season. Finished the regular season ranked 48th in the ITA Poll.
- Penn State finished the season with 15 wins and .500 record, including five Big Ten wins over Michigan, No. 54 Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin.
- At the ITA Kickoff Weekend, defeated No. 19 Kentucky and No. 20 South Florida in Lexington to advance to the ITA Team Indoor National Championships in Chicago, Ill. Penn State was one of only two teams that had to defeat two Top 20 opponents to advance past ITA Kickoff Weekend.It was the first time in program history that Penn State has gone to the ITA National Indoors. Penn State competed against No. 1 USC, No. 9 Texas and No. 13 California at ITA National Indoors.
- Penn State earned six wins over ITA Top 75 teams. In schedule order, No. 19 Kentucky, No. 20 South Florida, No. 23 Princeton, No. 73 VCU, No. 63 Tulane and No. 66 Iowa.
- Penn State played 16 ranked teams, including nine Top 25 teams in which six were in the top 20 and three in the top 10.
- Penn State Faced 10 teams that were selected for the NCAA Tournament, including conference champions from the AAC, Big Ten and Pac-12.
- Five different Nittany Lions had at least 10 singles wins this spring. Four had at least 15 overall wins this year.
- Junior Leo Stakhovsky was selected as All-Big Ten for the second straight year. He ranked as high as 81st in the ITA Singles Poll. He had three wins over ranked opponents. Stakhovsky and Aws Laaribi were ranked 75th in the ITA Doubles Poll.
- In the classroom, Penn State Men recorded an overall GPA of 3.5, the 4th highest in athletic programs.
Penn State 2013-14 Highlight's:
- Program record 22 wins. First 20 win season in program history.
- 8 Big Ten wins was also a program-record. Penn State finished third in the Big Ten standings, their highest finish ever.
- Penn State went 15-0 at home this spring.
- Penn State won 11 matches against ranked opponents, including five road matches against ranked opponents. Both were program records. In schedule order, Penn State defeated No. 33 Virginia Tech, No. 33 VCU, No. 50 Princeton, No. 62 UCF, No. 44 Michigan, No. 10 Illinois, No. 28 Northwestern, No. 70 Wisconsin, No. 51 Minnesota, No. 63 Nebraska and No. 50 UNC Wilmington.
- Penn State defeated St. John's, Michigan State and Iowa, all of whom appeared in the Top 75 during the spring.
- Penn State was ranked in the Top 25 for the seven consecutive weeks and in the Top 75 for fourteen straight weeks.
- Penn State played eight teams that made the NCAA Tournament. Penn State played 7 teams that won their conference's regular season or postseason title.
- The Nittany Lions earned their 6th NCAA Tournament bid in program history, being selected to the Charlottesville Regional. They defeated No. 50 UNC Wilmington, 4-2, in the first round for the third tournament win in school history. In the second round against No. 4 Virginia, Penn State won the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 2, but fell 4-1.
- Leo Stakhovsky was selected for the NCAA Singles Tournament. He was ranked for 13 straight weeks, including a program-high ranking of 33rd on April 8 and 15. He finished the year with a record of 18-8 with eight wins against ranked opponents, including four wins against Top 50 foes. He was a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection.
- Leo Stakhovsky and senior Russell Bader qualified for the NCAA Doubles Tournament, where they advanced to the second round with a win over Memphis' #13 David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury. Bader and Stakhovsky finished the year with a 19-7 record, including six wins against ranked opponents and three wins against the Top 25. They were ranked for nine straight weeks, with a high ranking of 26 on May 1st.
- Russell Bader went 21-7 this spring and 28-11 overall in singles. Both marks were career-highs. 28 wins is the third-most in a single season at Penn State. Bader also went 19-6 in doubles this spring and 28-13 overall. 28 wins in a season is the most in Nittany Lion history. Bader leaves Penn State as one of the top players in program history. He finished his career with 95 singles wins, third all-time at Penn State and 82 career doubles wins, second all-time at Penn State.
- During the 2013 fall season at Penn State, Tobin helped the Nittany Lions achieve an unprecedented 77 individual singles match wins with duel wins over Indiana, Navy, Princeton, William & Mary, and Old Dominion. Tobin was instrumental in Penn State's 4-3 win over #28 ranked Harvard, coaching Matt Barry to a 3-set win over Harvard Andrew Ball.
- In the classroom, Penn State Men recorded an overall GPA of 3.6, the 5th highest in athletic programs.
Prior to Penn State, Tobin successfully turned around the Division I Saint Francis University Men's and Women's programs into top teams in the Northeast conference. In less than four seasons with the Red Flash, Coach Tobin compiled 76 match wins and over 798 individual wins in singles and doubles. During his stay at Saint Francis, Tobin led both squads to three quarterfinal and two semifinal Northeast Conference appearances, the highest in school history. Both programs grew in rankings from 7th and 8th in the conference, when Tobin first started, to No. 3 by the end of his term. In his first season with the Red Flash program, Tobin signed an impressive recruiting class that helped jumpstart the program. In less than four seasons, Tobin successfully recruited over 17 US and international student athletes representing top rankings in the US and abroad. Tobin was instrumental in helping to raise over $12,000 for cancer research. In Feb of 2012, Coach Tobin was honored at an award ceremony hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center.
Prior to Saint Francis, Tobin was the assistant coach for the 9th ranked men's and 19th ranked women's tennis teams at Division II Georgia College & State University. During his three seasons there, Coach Tobin helped the men's team compile a 51-18 record while the women went 42-19.
From 2005-2010, Tobin served as the Head Tennis Professional for the City of Macon, Georgia, JDS Tennis Center - one of the largest public facilities in the south. Tobin coached privately some of the best junior players in the south, with many going on to play high level collegiate tennis. His junior academy attracted many of the top players in South Georgia with high level training and conditioning programs. Tobin assisted in running regional and local USTA tournaments, many of which were gateways to national tournaments.
In addition, Tobin has had coaching assignments at Port Washington Tennis Academy, Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, IMG Bollettieri, Roslyn Racquet Club, Syosset Tennis Academy, Weston Tennis Center, Canongate Country Club, City of Fort Lauderdale, Holiday Park, Delray Beach Tennis Center and Gerulaitis Tennis Academy. Coach Tobin has also worked with University of Georgia Head Coach Manny Diaz and ATP tour player John Isner, as their director of on-court drilling for their summer tennis programs. Tobin also spent time as a travelling professional for Tennis Europe, a program designed to train junior tennis teams traveling throughout Europe competing in ITF tournaments.
Tobin holds the highest levels of certification, receiving a Elite rating from USPTA, Professional rating from PTR and is one of only 155 USTA High Performance Coaches in the United States. He also holds a Level 3 Certification from the International Tennis Federation. Tobin is also in the process of applying for his USPTA Master certification.
In 2011, Tobin was named the Northeast Representative for the ITA Operating Committee. The operating committee works with the NCAA and USTA helping to oversee and regulate tennis policies for Division I men's and women's tennis. Coach Tobin was chosen from a pool of candidates, all representing Division 1 programs in the northeast.
In addition to his accomplishments in coaching, Tobin is also the developer of SlingHopper Drill Bags - a worldwide tennis-teaching product endorsed by legendary coaches Nick Bollettieri and Brad Gilbert, who serve as the company's spokespersons. The product has become widely used in the coaching community and can be found on the practice courts at many Grand Slam events. In 2007, SlingHopper partnered up with Gamma Sports to become their exclusives distributors. Tobin was also a successful business franchise owner. During his years in Florida, Tobin built three UPS Store franchises, all becoming top revenue producing stores.
As a junior, Tobin was one of the top players coming out of the east coast. Ranked as high as #12 in the state and #29 on the East Coast, Tobin trained at the world renown Port Washington Tennis Academy and Harry Hopman's in Bardmoor, Fl. As a collegiate player, Tobin competed at the Division 1 level for top NEC ranked Quinnipiac University and the University of Maryland. Tobin, who was named captain, played #1 singles and doubles for the Bobcats and posted a .700 record in regular season play. Tobin made two NCAA singles appearances. Tobin also competed on the ITF Futures level playing mostly in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
A Long Island, N.Y. native, Tobin received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a Master's degree in Athletic Administration from Concordia University
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