Women's Tennis Coach Fred Drilling Announces Retirement
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Fred Drilling, the first head women's tennis coach at Florida Gulf University, has retired from college coaching after five seasons, Eagles athletic director Carl McAloose confirmed today.
“Fred has set the foundation for the women’s tennis program,” said McAloose. “He has done a great job recruiting student-athletes that have done well both on the court and in the classroom.”
Drilling, 62, has been at FGCU since November 1999, literally developing the program from the ground floor. After compiling a 7-14 mark in the inaugural season of 2000-01, Drilling’s teams posted four consecutive winning seasons with a 52-33 dual match record. FGCU was in contention for the NCAA Division II tournament before finishing the year with a 12-11 mark and a No. 38 national ranking in 2005.
In addition, Drilling’s teams have consistently earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association academic accolades with eight players also earning individual ITA academic honors this past spring.
A winner of seven US National titles, Drilling is currently one of the top ranked players in the world in the 60 and over division. He has represented the United States in the Von Cramm Cup World Championships in each of the past two years.
Men’s tennis coach J. Webb Horton will take over coaching duties for the women’s team on an interim basis for the 2005-06 season.