Tad Berkowitz enters his second season as the head coach of the Wildcats. In his first season, he led Arizona to a 12-10 record on the season, 3-4 in Pac-10 play. He was promoted to the head position in spring 2005 after serving as Bill Wright's assistant in 2005.
A native of Tampa Bay, Fla., Berkowitz joined the program last year and has held many national and collegiate coaching positions.
Berkowitz, 30, has coached at Texas A&M and Alabama, plus was a top tennis competitor as a collegian at Kentucky and New Mexico.
"I'm proud to be replacing a coaching legend of college tennis," Berkowitz said after he was hired to replace Wright. "I'm ready to take on the challenge of heading a program," he said.
"It's a great opportunity to be a head coach at an institution like Arizona. The coaching staffs are awesome -- Olympic gold medalists, hall of famers, national coaches of the year... I'm happy to be worthy of the opportunity to work with such mentors," Berkowitz said.
Jim Livengood, UA director of athletics, said Berkowitz was a natural choice. "The search centered quickly on Tad. He's a bright young coach whose organizational skills and aggressive style made him the best possible fit for our program," Livengood said.
Berkowitz played collegiate tennis as the No. 5 singles player at Kentucky in 1993, then transferred to New Mexico where he helped lead the Lobos to Western Athletic Conference championships in 1994 and 1995. He earned All-WAC honors three years and won league Player of the Year honors in 1996. Berkowitz competed in the NCAA Championships each of his years in Albuquerque.
While competing professionally after graduation, Berkowitz earned rankings in the top 400 in ATP singles and top 200 in ATP doubles.
A native of Tampa Bay, Fla., Berkowitz was the head coach at St. Stephens Tennis Academy in Austin, Texas, in 2002, a USA Collegiate Summer National Team coach later that year, and an assistant at Texas A&M from 2001-2002. He began his coaching career in 1999 as a assistant at Alabama for three seasons. In his final year he helped the Crimson Tide earn a No. 18 national ranking and a berth in the NCAA Championships.
Arizona was ranked No. 51 at the end of the year and finished 8-12 and 2-10 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats had a squad with eight freshmen or sophomores in 2004, with two seniors. The team will return at least 10 players for the 2005-06 school year.
Berkowitz earned his degree in speech communications from New Mexico in 1996. His wife, Christi, runs a private daycare. The couple has one daughter, Kolbie Kayleen, born Dec. 13, 2005.