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David Geatz
Position: Albert G. Molloy Head Coach
Alma Mater: University of New Mexico
Graduating Year: 1981
Experience: 4 Years

David Geatz was named the Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men's Tennis in June 2011 and recently completed his fourth season at the helm of the program.

One of the most successful seasons under Geatz, the 2015 campaign saw the Quakers reach new heights and accomplishments after beginning the season with six-straight wins, including a 5-2 victory over then-No. 16 Penn State. The record was Penn’s best start since going 8-0 in 2011. Finishing with a 14-11 record, the 14 wins were the most wins in a spring season since going 18-6 in 2006. After defeating PSU, the Red and Blue debuted on the ITA Top 75 list T-No. 51 and remained in the national rankings for nine straight weeks. The Quakers later earned their highest ranking in program history at No. 39, after defeating a pair of ranked opponents on the road. Freshman Josh Pompan led the team with the most wins in the spring, finishing with a record of 17-7. Against then-No. 35 Harvard, senior captain Jeremy Court and freshman Nicholai Westergaard took down No. 1 doubles team of then-No. 10 Nguyen/Yueng, while Court closed out the day with a second win at No. 1 singles after defeating then-No. 37 Denis Nguyen.

A season full of close matches, the Quakers finished the 2014 spring season 7-14 overall and captured two wins in Ivy League play. The Red and Blue opened up League play with a thrilling home triumph over then-No. 56 Princeton, taking down the Tigers for the first time since 2007. Penn won the doubles point and went on to take the bottom three singles flight with the No. 6 spot clinching the 4-1 victory.

In the 2012-13 season, Geatz’s team successfully managed to use playing at home to its advantage as the Quakers’ performance at home was a notable 8-2. Geatz also garnered praise for earning Penn a national ranking of No. 13 for his recruitment of Class of 2017 players. 

During his 2011-12 debut season, Geatz coached second team All-Ivy recipient Jeremy Court. The freshman rookie earned this distinction by impressing the Ivy League coaches with his remarkable 22-6 singles record. Geatz’s debut season also included the success of doubles duo Eugen Brazdil and Rob Wong who brought home a doubles title win in the fall USTA/ITA Championship.

Geatz (pronounced "gets") has had a long and varied coaching career, but what cannot be dismissed is his success within the collegiate ranks. Most recently, he spent two years at Cornell, the first (2008-09) as head coach of men's tennis and the second (2009-10) as head coach of both the men's and women's tennis programs. Geatz's impact on the men's program was immediate and obvious -- a perennial second-division program, the Big Red men finished sixth in the Ivy League in 2008, before his arrival. In his first year, however, Cornell went 5-2 in the Ancient Eight to finish second in the standings, behind Columbia. The Big Red then repeated the feat in 2010. Those second-place finishes marked the program's best EITA/Ivy finishes until this past spring, when Cornell won the Ivy title for the first time. Though heavily bearing his stamp, the Big Red's title run came without him at the helm -- Geatz left Cornell following the 2010 spring season and became the Director of Tennis at the Greenwich (Conn.) Country Club.

For 18 years, from 1988-2006, Geatz was the head coach of men's tennis at the University of Minnesota. During his tenure, the Golden Gophers won five Big Ten championships and put together a 45-match win streak in conference play (including four undefeated regular-season campaigns). Geatz was a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and also earned NCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors once. His teams had a streak of 12 straight NCAA Championship appearances, and he led the program to a No. 10 national ranking which was its highest ever. Individually, Geatz coached Harsh Mankad to the No. 1 position nationally in singles.

In between his Minnesota and Cornell stints, Geatz spent one year as the Director of Tennis at the prestigious Hong Kong Country Club. He returned to the States for the 2007-08 collegiate season to serve as associate head coach of Ohio State men's tennis, helping the Buckeyes to a 35-2 record, a No. 2 national ranking, and the Big Ten title. OSU advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal round that year, and finished the season ranked third in the national poll.

Geatz first college job was head coach of men's tennis at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico, from 1983-88, during which he led the Lobos to a top-20 national ranking and earned Western Athletic Conference and NCAA regional coach of the year honors.

Certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), Geatz graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in University Studies. He also holds a Master's and a Ph.D. in Sports Administration from UNM, earning those in 1985 and 1991, respectively.


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