2011-12 Men's Tennis Coaches
|YEAR AT FGCU:||1st Season|
|ALMA MATER:||Eastern Illinois '04|
C.J. Weber enters his third season as head coach of the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s tennis program aiming to continue the achievements he led the Eagles to during a program-best 2012-13 season. He was selected as the university’s third men’s tennis head coach in September 2011.
In just his second year at the helm, Weber guided the Green and Blue to an unprecedented number of program-firsts highlighted by their 4-3 win over tradition-rich Oklahoma State, fourth-place finish in conference play and first postseason victory after defeating USC Upstate in the 2013 A-Sun Tournament. Adding to the list of first-time successes, then sophomores Jordi Vives and Tianyu Bao received All-Conference honors. Bao was a second-team member, while Vives was named to the All-Conference first team, the A-Sun All-Tournament team and an Academic All-Conference selection.
Additionally, Weber continued to put a heavy focus on building program support within the Fort Myers community. In 2013, his tireless efforts helped FGCU set an attendance record of 992 fans at the match against SMU. The team also averaged a crowd of over 200 per match, making FGCU one of the highest attended tennis programs in the country.
In his inaugural 2011-12 season, Weber led the men’s tennis team to a sixth-place finish in the A-Sun, qualifying them for its 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 beating Kennesaw State 4-3. Weber had two players named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen team, a first for the program. 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.
Before joining the Eagles, Weber gained coaching experience at the University of Miami, the University of Illinois and his alma mater Eastern Illinois University.
Over his five years as an assistant coach for 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 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season. For his efforts he was named the 2011 ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
While at both FGCU and Miami, Weber has helped train a list of ATP tour players, including current ATP No. 21 Kevin Anderson, spending significant time preparing him for the 2011 Australian Open and the 2012 BB&T. Prior to his work with Anderson, Weber traveled with recently retired ATP No. 174 Ryler Deheart to various tournaments, most notably Wimbledon, the US Open and the French Open from 2009-10.
Prior to life in the Sunshine State, 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, including NCAA Doubles Champions Ryan Rowe and Kevin Anderson, 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 Ohio Valley All-Conference selection, as well as conference Player of the Year and Eastern Illinois' Male Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2004 -- just two years after Tony Romo, 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. 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. 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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