Men's Tennis Coaches
|YEAR AT FGCU:||2nd Season|
C.J. Weber is entering his second season as head coach of the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s tennis program.
In his first season at the helm of the FGCU men’s tennis program, Weber had a total of two players named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen team, a first for the program. Tianyu Bao was the first FGCU Eagle to be named the A-Sun Freshman of the Year and land on the All-Freshmen team, while Michael Beiler was honored to the All-Freshmen team as well.
Weber guided the men’s tennis team to a sixth-place finish in the A-Sun, qualifying them for their first-ever A-Sun Tournament berth as they finished 7-10 overall and 4-5 in conference play. The Eagles had a winning record at home (6-5) and hosted their first-ever night match in front of 200-plus people on Mar. 1 against Kennesaw State (W, 4-3).
Weber also traveled with recently retired ATP #174 Ryler Deheart to the ’09 Wimbledon tournament, ’09 US Open, and ’10 French Open. He also worked extensively with current ATP #31 Kevin Anderson in December 2011 at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla.
Weber was named the third men’s tennis coach in school history on Friday, September 9, 2011.
Over his five years at the University of Miami, the Hurricanes had four players earn a total of eight All-America honors.
In 2011, Weber helped guide the Hurricanes to a No. 27 ITA ranking and a fourth place finish in the ACC regular season. For his efforts he was named the 2011 ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Prior to working at Miami, Weber had an impressive four-year collegiate playing career for Eastern Illinois University, and then went on to pick up coaching experience at both his alma mater and the University of Illinois.
Weber spent the spring of 2006 serving as the volunteer assistant coach for the ninth-ranked Fighting Illini, coordinating practice sessions, providing on-court instruction and match preparation, overseeing fitness and conditioning, as well as providing administrative support. At Illinois, he coached three All-Americans and helped guide the team to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoors Tournament and to the "Sweet Sixteen" of the NCAA Tournament.
He spent the 2004-05 season as the assistant coach of both Eastern Illinois' men's and women's tennis programs, and picked up experience managing and providing instruction at summer tennis camps at both Eastern Illinois and Illinois.
In three years with the University of Illinois' Nike Tennis Camps, Weber worked extensively with Craig Tiley -- the current tournament director of the Australian Open, as well as the Director of Player Development for Tennis Australia.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Weber was a three-time All-Conference selection, as well as the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and Eastern Illinois' Male Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2004 -- just two years after Tony Romo, the Pro Bowl quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. The two-time team MVP was also selected team captain as a senior and finished his career with a 44-18 singles record.
A scholar as well as an outstanding athlete at Eastern Illinois, Weber graduated with a 3.95 GPA. In addition to being named to the Dean's List throughout college, he was also a four-time recipient of EIU's Scholar-Athlete Award and garnered Academic All-America first team honors as a senior, following his selection to the Academic All-America District first team as a junior and senior.
Weber graduated with honors from Eastern Illinois in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He added a master's degree in physical education in 2005.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT WEBER:
“C.J. (Weber) did an amazing job for us in the last five years. He was a crucial part in the development of our program, and I'm certain he will accomplish great things at FGCU. I'm going to miss him very much as a coach and as a dear friend of my entire family”. –Mario Rincon (University of Miami head men’s tennis coach)
"C.J. (Weber) is going to bring an incredible amount of enthusiasm and passion to Florida Gulf Coast University. His work ethic is second to none and he is highly motivated to bring success to the men’s tennis program. He will be a great mentor to the young men in all facets to their life. Also, he will bring a positive impact in the Fort Myers community as well.” – Brad Dancer (University of Illinois head men’s tennis coach)
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