NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt women’s tennis head coach Geoff Macdonald has been named Professional Tennis Registry Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year, as announced Wednesday.
Now in his 25th season at Vanderbilt, Macdonald guided last season’s second-ranked ranked team to a 27-4 season (12-1 in conference play) and its second consecutive SEC tournament title.
When he took over the program, the Commodores were ranked 28th, but by the 2015-16 season, the team worked their way to No. 1 by winning the national title.
Macdonald has earned three coach of the year honors, including the 2018 SEC Coach of the Year, while coaching three different Division I teams: Vanderbilt, Duke and LSU. He coached Duke to three conference championships and three appearances in the NCAA tournament, and in just three years at LSU, Geoff took the team from last in the SEC to the NCAA Championship as the No. 13 seed.
Macdonald is a great leader because he stood in his players’ shoes. At Virginia, Macdonald won the ACC singles title and was named the ACC’s Most Valuable Player and earned the Sportsmanship Award. He played professionally for three years, even making it to the U.S. Open, before turning his sights on coaching college tennis.
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