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Jan. 12, 2009
"We are very excited that Ben will be able to help us out this year," said Doebler. "Ben had an outstanding career as a player and coach and he can really help add a lot to what we are trying to with the program."
Gabler, a 1997 graduate of Minnesota and a former touring professional player, had a brief stint with the Nittany Lions men's squad last year as he served as the volunteer assistant in the later part of the season. Previously, he served three seasons as the volunteer assistant and four seasons as an assistant coach for the Penn State women's tennis team. In 2001, Gabler was part of a staff that led the program to its first NCAA appearance and highest Big Ten finish.
As a player at Minnesota, Gabler started in singles and doubles all four years with the team. During his freshman and sophomore years, his Gophers squad won the Big Ten Championship. In 1996, his junior year, Minnesota won the NCAA Region 8 title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. During his senior year, Gabler was Minnesota's No. 1 singles and doubles player, as well as a team captain. He left Minnesota with a 95-54 singles mark, which is fourth best in school history.
Gabler also spent time as a touring pro, travelling and playing around the world, including the U.S., Japan and much of Europe.
Penn State kicks of the 2009 season on Jan. 18 at North Carolina State at noon. The first home match-up will come Jan. 24, as Penn State will take on St. Bonaventure and St. Joseph's at the Penn State Tennis Center. The 38th-ranked Nittany Lions will look to earn their fourth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance.