Howard Joffe (pronounced JOFF-ee, rhymes with coffee), one of the brightest young collegiate tennis coaches in the country, has been named the new Texas A&M women's head tennis coach, Aggie Director of Athletics Bill Byrne announced Monday, July 11, 2011.
"I am very pleased to announce that Howard Joffe has accepted the position as our women's head tennis coach," Byrne stated. "He comes very highly recommended by many people within the tennis community and has done a great job of rebuilding two previous programs. He was the top candidate put forward by our committee headed by (Senior Associate Athletics Director) Jeff Schmahl."
"Coach Joffe is an extremely talented recruiter and developer of young tennis players," Schmahl said. "His work ethic is second to none and he has one of the most positive attitudes of any coach I've been around. I have no doubt that Howard will be Building Champions with the Texas A&M women's tennis team."
Joffe has had success both as a head coach and as an assistant coach having served as the head women's tennis coach at the University of Maryland for the past two years and led the Terrapins to the NCAA Championships this past season, marking the Terps' first appearance in the NCAA Championships since 2006. Joffe's squad finished 13-10 and was No. 34 in the final ITA rankings.
"It is no secret that Texas A&M is one of the best places in the country for tennis, as well as the entire athletics department," Joffe said. "I was very impressed by everything at Texas A&M. The academic reputation, the athletics success and the support of the overall athletic program and the great fan support of the 12th Man makes everything top notch."
"I'd like to offer my great appreciation to Jeff Schmahl and Director of Athletics Bill Byrne for affording me this once in a lifetime opportunity," Joffe stated. "I intend to work extremely hard with our student-athletes to do the athletics department, Texas A&M University and Aggies everywhere proud."
Joffe went to Maryland from his first head coaching position at Miami University (Ohio) where he took over a program and within two years led the RedHawks to the top of the Mid-American Conference and their first NCAA appearance in the program's history. Joffe was rewarded by being named the 2009 MAC Coach of the Year. The RedHawks would also become ranked for the first time in the program's history as well.
Joffe cut his teeth at the highest level serving five years as an assistant coach at USC where the Trojans finished among the country's best teams every season from 2002-07 and Joffe was a two-time recipient (2004 & 2006) of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2006, he was the national runnerup for the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year. The Trojans finished among the Top 11 every season and finished as high as No. 3 in the land after the 2006 season.
At Miami (Ohio), Joffe recruited the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year and first-team all-league player in Monica Gorny. His sophomore, Anastasia Dracheva, also earned first-team all-league honors. In addition to outstanding play on the RedHawk tennis courts, Joffe's squad scored a perfect 1000 on his last Academic Progress Rate (APR) report.
At Maryland, Joffe recruited Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar from Spain who ended the season ranked No. 34 and defeated Texas A&M standout Nazari Urbina in the first round of the NCAA singles championships. Another Joffe recruit, Jordaan Sanford, combined with Sanchez-Quintanar to end the season ranked No. 26 in doubles.
Joffe was a talented player earning All-America honors at Pepperdine in 1992 and he advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship. He earned three letters before playing on the professional circuit for three years. While he served as an assistant coach at USC, Joffe earned his psychology degree at USC in 2006.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Joffe spent three years (1999-2002) as a teaching professional and director of tennis at Kettering Tennis Center and Quail Run Racquet Clubs in Dayton, Ohio.
Prior to coming back to the United States, Joffe spent four years teaching young tennis players in South Africa. He established the Joffe-Wheeler Tennis Academy in Johannesburg, coached and managed the Gauteng Central Junior Tennis Team. He was also appointed the Gauteng Central tennis coach and served as the head coach at Rand Afrikaanse University.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HOWARD JOFFE:
"Howard has turned around two collegiate programs in a short period of time with very few resources. I think he has paid his dues and is ready for the big stage. What sold me was all his past players rave about him as a person and a coach." - Texas A&M men's tennis head coach Steve Denton
"You have made an evenwiser decision in hiring Howard Joffee as women's tennis coach than you could yet know! He is kind, very smart, honest, has wonderful people skills, and knows tennis better than almost any other coach." - Allen Fox, Ph.D., Pepperdine men's coach for 18 years and author of "Tennis: Winning the Mental Match."