Mike Quitko enters his 11th year as the head coach of the Quinnipiac men's and women's tennis programs. Since his arrival in 1991, Quitko has turned around both programs as they have made a smooth transition to Division I.
Last season, the women's team posted a 14-3 record and made the NEC championship match for the second straight year. In 1999-2000 the women's team recorded a school record 20-4 mark and advanced to the NEC championship match. As a result, Quitko earned NEC "Coach of the Year" accolades. In 1998-99, the Braves finished with an overall record of 15-7 and a third place finish in the Northeast Conference. Overall, Quitko's women's coaching career record is an impressive 136-32.
On the men's side, Quinnipiac was 9-8 last year and finished with a respecatable 11-8-1 record during the 1999-2000 season. Overall, Quitko's men's coaching career record is 116-51.
The Quinnipiac women's sqaud has flourished in Quitko's tenure. Named the Northeast-10 Coach-of-the-Year in 1992, 1993 and 1996. Quitko was also named the Northeast Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 2000. Quitko led the Braves to a 10-2 record and a second-place finish in the NE-10 Championships in 1992. Then the Braves began a 42 dual-match undefeated streak in conference play that spanned four seasons from 1993-1996.
The squad established a then-school record of 12 victories in 1993 and won four consecutive NE-10 Championship crowns from 1993 through 1996.Quitko captured national recognition following the 1994-95 season as he was honored as the ITA/Wilson Division II Women's Tennis National Coach of the Year. The award followed yet another 12-victory season and the team's first-ever NCAA Division II regional Tournament appearance. 1995 was highlighted by a top-20 national ranking, the NE-10 regular season and tournament titles, and the squad's second NCAA Division II East regional appearance.
Quitko has enjoyed similar success as the leader of the Braves' men's tennis program. He led the Braves to two straight Northeast-10 regular season and tournament titles in their final two seasons in Division II. For his efforts, Quitko was voted the NE-10 Men's Coach of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1998.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Quitko is a 1973 graduate of Southern Connecvticut, earning a B.A. in communications. He is a U.S.P.T.A. certified tester and New England Board of Directors memeber. He is also on staff at the North Haven Indoor Racquet Club. Summers, Quitko is the Head Tennis Professional at the Ridgetop Club in North Haven.
Along with his tennis coaching duties, Mike is a licensed realtor in North Haven with Calcagani Real Estate. Quitko resides in North Haven with his wife, Betsy, and their daughter, Megan, a 2000 Quinnipiac graduate.