May 18, 2004

Skorupka Wins Regional Coach of the Year Award

May 18, 2004

New Haven, CT - Yale women's tennis coach Chad Skorupka has been named the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for the East Region, and is now a candidate for the National award. Winners will be announced May 23.

This is the second ITA award for Skorupka, who was honored as the Eastern Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 1998 while at Penn State. He was also the 1999 USTA/Central Pennsylvania District Coach of the Year for the Nittany Lions.

Skorupka helped the No. 69 Bulldogs to a 6-1 Ivy League record, good for second place, in his third year at Yale. He improved his overall record at the school to 45-18, including an ECAC championship in the fall of 2002. The Bulldogs have posted wins over nationally-ranked teams such as No. 13 Wake Forest and No. 36 Ohio state during his tenure.

Prior to his arrival at Yale, Skorupka was an assistant at Wake Forest for two years and helped guide the Demon Deacons to a 42-12 overall record and two NCAA Tournament appearances in his two years. In 2001, WFU finished with an 18-9 overall record and advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Team Championships before falling to top-ranked Stanford. In 1999-2000, Wake Forest was ranked fifth in the nation and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championship.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department

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