May 20, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's tennis assistant coach Simon Thibodeau resigned Tuesday to pursue other professional opportunities.
In three years with the program, Thibodeau helped the Wildcats return to the upper echelon of collegiate tennis. Thibodeau joined the program in October 2000, and in that time he has helped Arizona routinely appear in the top 20 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's computer rankings. This season alone, the Wildcats improved from No. 42 in the first ranking period (March 19) to a high of 21 on April 23.
"I am moving forward with my career as a tennis coach to explore other opportunities," said Thibodeau. "I am very proud of our accomplishments at the University of Arizona."
A native of Montreal, Canada, Thibodeau is a 1997 graduate of the University of Sherbrooke with a degree in specialized sports science. While at Sherbrooke, he fostered his passion for the game by working as a national coach for Canadian junior tennis. His duties with the federation included supervising training camps and coaching members of the national junior team, while also involving extensive travel around the world. That enabled Thibodeau to learn a great deal about the international junior circuit, which helped him become a strong recruiter.