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The John L. Hinds Director of Tennis Dick Gould (left), with current men's head coach John Whitlinger (right). Whitlinger was the 1974 collegiate singles and doubles champion.
May 11, 2011
Stay tuned to www.gostanford.com's Countdown To The Championships for daily coverage of the 2011 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships in the form of feature stories, historical profiles, match previews, recaps and other tournament news. One of the nation's finest tennis venues, the Taube Family Tennis Center is playing host to its second combined men's and women's NCAA Tennis Championships, as the tournament's current format was introduced at Stanford in 2006.
In today's edition of Countdown To The Championships, we take a closer look at the most successful program in the history of men's college tennis. Stanford has captured 18 team championships (15 NCAA, 3 AIAW).
"I will always fondly remember the 2006 NCAA Championships. Having enjoyed success in previous NCAA Championships, I knew how to prepare and what to expect. What I didn't account for was how energizing the crowd would be. I attribute a lot of my success from that tournament to the support I received from the fans. I have never played in a more exciting atmosphere at a tennis tournament. Being able to finish out my career at home was something I had looked forward to from the moment I learned Stanford would be hosting the tournament." Four-time All-American KC Corkery, who closed out his Stanford career with an out-of-nowhere semifinal run during the 2006 NCAA Singles Championship despite being unseeded at the time.
Thursday, May 12: One year after capturing the NCAA Doubles championship, Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette break down their title run, match-by-match. Friday, May 13: The Stanford men open the postseason against Army in a first round match at 2 p.m. We'll get you a complete recap of the day's events. Saturday, May 14: Three matches on the docket. Two women's matches are scheduled, including Stanford's tourney opener against Illinois-Chicago at 12 p.m.
Stanford routed VCU 4-0 in Athens, Ga., to win its 15th NCAA championship and 18th overall team title. The Cardinal went 28-1 and claimed NCAA, Pac-10 and National Indoor championships. Stanford's 28 victories matched a program-best total, tying the 1998 Cardinal. Three players earned All-America honors: Geoff Abrams, K.J. Hippensteel and Alex Kim, who became the 13th player in school history to win an NCAA singles title. Kim cruised past Kentucky's Carlos Drada, 6-1, 6-1 in the championship match.
1998 National Champions
Geoff Abrams's 26-0 dual match record in 1998 is the best in Stanford history.
Two-time All-American Bob Bryan won both the singles and doubles titles, and would later reach the ATP #1 ranking in doubles with brother Mike.
Stanford captured its fourth consecutive national championship, taking down Georgia 4-0 in Athens, Ga. The Cardinal finished 28-0, posting its second undefeated season in four years, while surrendering only three dual-match points the entire season. Four different players shared time at the No. 1 singles spot, all registering undefeated dual records at that position. Stanford's national championship was part of a clean sweep, with Bob Bryan capturing the singles title and teaming with brother Mike to win the doubles crown.
1997 National Champions
Paul Goldstein was named an All-American for the third time in 1997.
Ryan Wolters went 22-3 and won his second of four career All-America awards.
Stanford locked up a national championship for the third consecutive season. This time around, the Cardinal blanked Georgia, 4-0, in Los Angeles and concluded the year with a 26-2 record, including 9-1 in Pac-10 play to share conference honors. The Cardinal featured a tough singles lineup, with three players tallying at least 37 victories, as four -- Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Paul Goldstein and Ryan Wolters -- earned All-America honors.
1996 National Champions
Jim Thomas posted a record of 21-4 en route to All-America honors.
Jeff Salzenstein was named an All-American for the second straight year.
Three of Stanford's four losses came in the regular season against UCLA. But when the Cardinal and Bruins hooked up for a fourth time in the national championship, the result was a 4-1 Cardinal victory. Stanford repeated as national champion and won its fourth title of the decade largely because of the performances of four All-Americans -- Paul Goldstein, Jeff Salzenstein, Jim Thomas and Ryan Wolters.
1995 National Champions
All-American Jeff Salzenstein went 24-5 and was a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
Scott Humphries was named an All-American and helped the Cardinal to its first undefeated season in 17 years.
After a two-year gap from its most recent NCAA championship season, Stanford found itself back on top after routing Mississippi 4-0, in Athens, Ga., to claim the national title. The Cardinal wrapped up the year at 27-0, signaling the program's first undefeated season since going 24-0 in 1978. Stanford was led by a trio of All-Americans: Paul Goldstein, Scott Humphries and Jeff Salzenstein.
1992 National Champions
Four-time All-American Alex O'Brien won the triple crown for just the third time in Stanford history.
Chris Cocotos's 22-6 record helped win him the first of three career All-America awards.
The men's and women's tennis programs combined for 21 national titles over the last 20 years, culminating with the 1992 men's championship. Alex O'Brien won the triple crown of tennis, capping his stellar career with an NCAA singles, doubles and team title - the third such accomplishment in Stanford history. O'Brien finished his dual career with a 40-5 record and earned All-America honors four times, and was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year. Stanford, which finished the season at 25-3, defeated Notre Dame 5-0 in the final in Athens, Ga.
1990 National Champions
Jared Palmer fought through injury to All-America honors.
All-American Jonathan Stark posted a 20-2 record and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Jared Palmer and Alexis Hombrecher entered the season recovering from knee surgeries, but the Cardinal persevered to win its third consecutive NCAA title. Both would return during the regular season, before Palmer was sidelined again with another knee surgery and Jonathan Stark suffered a stress fracture in his toe. Stanford literally limped into the NCAA's in Indian Wells, Calif., where the Cardinal beat Texas 5-1 in the quarterfinals, USC 5-3 in the semifinals and Tennessee 5-2 in the championship. Stark finished the year with a 20-2 record, and Alex O'Brien went 23-4, mostly at the No. 2 position.
1989 National Champions
All-American Jeff Tarango went undefeated in doubles alongside partner Alex O'Brien.
Alex O'Brien won the first of four career All-America Awards.
The team of the 1980's captured six titles during the decade, including the 1989 crown. For Dick Gould, it was his 10th title, more than anyone else in the sport. Doubles was the key to the season as 12 of 14 matches were decided that way, including an upset of No. 1 UCLA late in the season and of Georgia in the 5-3 NCAA title match in Athens, Ga. Jeff Tarango and Alex O'Brien were unstoppable in doubles, going 9-0 in dual matches, while Stanford finished the year 22-4.
1988 National Champions
David Wheaton was named an All-American for the first and only time, and clinched the championship with partner Jeff Tarango.
Three-time All-American Patrick McEnroe helped take the Cardinal on a 19-match win streak at the end of the season.
All-Americans Patrick McEnroe and David Wheaton played in their final collegiate matches before turning pro, leading the Cardinal to a 25-1 mark and 19-match win streak to close out the year. The only blemish was a 5-4 defeat to USC, but the Cardinal came back to beat the Trojans four times, including a 5-3 victory in the national semifinals. With rain in Athens, Ga., forcing the final match indoors against No. 2 LSU, Wheaton and Jeff Tarango clinched the victory with a 5-2 doubles win for Stanford's ninth NCAA title.
1986 National Champions
Dan Goldie received All-America honors for a third time and won Stanford's ninth NCAA singles title.
Jim Grabb was one of three All-Americans on the team and would later be ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles.
Dick Gould led his squad to a 19-5 record and NCAA title, defeating Pepperdine 5-2 in the final, after taking care of Harvard, Clemson and UCLA earlier in the tournament in Athens, Ga. All-American Dan Goldie won the NCAA singles title, teaming with fellow All-Americans Patrick McEnroe and Jim Grabb to form the backbone of the team. Patrick McEnroe, the third McEnroe to attend Stanford following Mark and John, would play No. 3 singles and compile a 20-4 mark. With the women also winning, it was the first dual national title for any NCAA program (Stanford had won an NCAA men's and AIAW women's in 1978).
1983 National Champions
Dan Goldie was among the talented young players on the team, posting a 24-1 record.
Scott Davis was Stanford's only All-American in 1983 and led the team with a 24-1 record at No. 1 singles.
Ranked as low as No. 13 during the season, Stanford proved itself by beating SMU 5-2 in the championship final in Athens, Ga. A young Stanford team that included five freshmen and four sophomores was led by No. 1 player Scott Davis and finished 24-1. Davis won all four singles matches in straight sets during the team tournament, and Dan Goldie went 21-4 overall at No. 3 singles.
1981 National Champions
Two-time All-American Tim Mayotte would go on to be ranked as high as No. 7 in the world after leaving the Farm.
Scott Bondurant, one of four All-Americans on the team, clinched the championship for the Cardinal.
The Cardinal won its sixth NCAA championship in nine years by defeating UCLA, 5-1, in Athens, Ga., to finish the season at 20-2. Scott Bondurant, playing at No. 5, secured the winning point in a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Bruce Brescia. No. 1 player Tim Mayotte had rallied to Marcel Freeman 6-7, 7-6 (5-1), 6-3 to put the Cardinal up 3-1.
1980 National Champions
Peter Rennert was an All-American for a second consecutive year.
All-American Lloyd Bourne helped take the Cardinal to its third title in four years.
The Cardinal beat rival California 5-3 in Athens, Ga., to claim its first national title in two years. Stanford was led by two-time All-Americans Peter Rennert and Lloyd Bourne during a 21-3 season. Stanford beat Utah (6-0), Clemson (7-2) and Pepperdine (6-3) en route to the all-Bay Area final. Sophomore All-American Tim Mayotte was an impressive 28-5, and upset eight-time Grand Slam singles champion Jimmy Connors at the TransAmerica Tournament in San Francisco.
1978 National Champions
Three-time All-American Bill Maze was one of four Stanford players to receive the honor in 1978.
John McEnroe (above and left with Gould) won the NCAA singles title and helped the Cardinal to an undefeated season before beginning his storied pro career.
A certain New Yorker stepped foot on the courts for Dick Gould for just one season, but left an impression for years to come. John McEnroe led the Cardinal to a 24-0 record - capped by a 6-3 victory over UCLA in the team final in Athens, Ga. -- and won the NCAA singles title before turning pro. McEnroe would go onto three Wimbledon titles and four U.S. Open crowns during his legendary career. As Gould would say, "I did my darndest getting John. I knew he couldn't and shouldn't stay four years. He was ready to be a leading pro after a single season with us. He was a prized package waiting to be opened."
1977 National Champions
Perry Wright won his first of two All-America awards.
NCAA singles champion Matt Mitchell led the Cardinal to an 18-3 record.
The Stanford tennis dynasty began in earnest as sophomore Matt Mitchell became the sixth Cardinal to win an NCAA singles title and third in five years. He beat UCLA's Tony Graham for the title, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, in Athens, Ga., earning All-America honors for the first time. The Cardinal beat Trinity (Texas) College, 5-4, for the team title after missing out on the 1976 national championship by a single point.
1974 National Champions
Doubles champion Jim Delaney was named an All-American for a third time, and would again be given the award in 1975.
Triple crown winner and future Stanford coach John Whitlingerwas one of four All-Americans for the Cardinal.
The Cardinal won its second consecutive NCAA title behind John Whitlinger's "triple crown" of singles, doubles (with Jim Delaney) and team titles. Whitlinger would eventually succeed Dick Gould as the team's head coach. The team experienced some adversity when defending NCAA singles and doubles champion Alex Mayer left the team and Amateur Clay Court winner, Pat DuPre, was sidelined for the year by a wrist injury. But Stanford got a boost from Chico Hagey, who fought his way into the lineup, suffered a midseason slump and then dominated in the NCAA's, losing serve just once over the seven rounds. Hagey reached the singles final against Whitlinger, who rallied to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. Stanford beat host USC 30-25 to win the team title.
1973 National Champions
Alex Mayer became the first Stanford player to win the NCAA singles, doubles, and team titles in a single season.
Doubles champion Jim Delaney won his second of four All-America awards.
The beginning of seven titles in 10 years, Stanford beat USC 33-28 in Princeton, N.J., to secure coach Dick Gould's first championship. Alex Mayer, a three-time All-American, became Stanford's fourth NCAA singles winner and also won the doubles title, teaming with Jim Delaney. It was beginning of a dynasty for Gould.
1942 National Champions (unofficial)
Larry Dee won his second NCAA doubles title, this time alongside Ted Schroeder.
Ted Schroeder won the NCAA singles and doubles crowns in 1942, and also the singles title at the U.S. National Championships (now the U.S. Open).
Head Coach: John Lamb
Ted Schroeder had perhaps the finest season ever by a Stanford tennis player. Not only did he win the NCAA singles and doubles crowns in 1942 -- the latter with Larry Dee - but he captured the singles title at the U.S. National Championships, the precursor to the U.S. Open. Stanford won the unofficial national team title in 1942, because the NCAA did not hold a team championship until after World War II. Stanford highlights were its twin shutouts (8-0 and 9-0) over perennial power UCLA. Of Schroeder, the future Wimbledon singles champion, longtime Stanford publicist Don Liebendorfer wrote: "His game had no weaknesses and he had a wonderful competitive temperament."
by Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations. Special thanks to Niall Adler, Alie Bollaidlaw, Estela Marie Lactao Go, David Gonzales and Rod Searcey.