Chad Skorupka begins his fourth season as the head coach the Wake Forest women’s tennis team.
In 2006, after four years as the head coach at Yale, Skorupka took over leadership of the Demon Deacons. The team hadn’t had a winning season in three years but finished 2006 with a 14-10 record. Skorupka followed up with a stellar 15-8 season and a winning ACC record of 7-4 in 2007, the team’s best conference finish since 2001.
In 2007 the squad received a berth to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, where they advanced to the second round before falling to William & Mary. Last season, though the year was riddled with injuries, the Deacons continued their postseason streak with a third consecutive invite to the NCAA Tournament.
Skorupka is familiar with Wake Forest’s strong background in tennis. He served as the program’s assistant coach from 1999-2001 when the team was ranked in the ITA’s Top 10 on a regular basis.
Prior to returning to Winston-Salem, Skorupka spent four years as the head coach of the Yale Bulldogs. Skorupka led the Bulldogs to a 58-24 overall record, including the 2002 fall ECAC Championship. Under his tutelage, a total of 10 athletes were named to the All-Ivy team in singles, including four pairs that earned the honor in doubles. During both the 2003 and 2004 seasons, the team was named ITA All-Academic squad and five individuals received ITA Scholar Athlete honors.
In 2004, Skorupka guided the Bulldogs to a 12-7 overall record and closed the year with a No. 70 national ranking. Yale finished in fourth place in the Ivy League and four athletes earned All-Ivy League honors. He was also honored that season as the 2004 ITA East Region Coach of the Year.
In 2003, the Bulldogs finished the year as the No. 53 team in the nation and earned victories over No. 13 Wake Forest and No. 34 Ohio State. The program was also honored with the 2003 Alexis Boss Team Sportswomanship Award at the Brown Fall Invitational.
Prior to his stint at Yale, Skorupka was an assistant coach at Wake Forest for two years and helped guide the Demon Deacons to a 42-12 overall record and two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2001, WFU finished with an 18-9 overall record and advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Team Championships -- all with only six players on the roster. Also in 2001, Skorupka assisted in the development of All-Americans Bea Belik, Janet Bergman and Adria Engel. That year, Belik captured the National Clay Court championship and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship. As a doubles pair, Bielik and Bergman captured the title at the National Clay Courts and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 1999-2000, Wake was ranked fifth in the nation and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championship.
Before he was an assistant at Wake Forest, Skorupka served as the assistant women’s tennis coach at his alma mater, Penn State, for three seasons. While he was with the Nittany Lions, Skorupka was honored with two prestigious coaching awards - the 1998 ITA Eastern Region Assistant Coach of the Year and the 1999 USTA/Central Pennsylvania District Coach of the Year.
Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Skorupka worked for the United States Tennis Association in Indianapolis, Ind., as the Play Tennis America Coordinator for the USTA/Western section, an area covering Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. He then served as the USTA’s district coordinator of player development for the Middle States section, covering Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia.
In addition, Skorupka was the head girls coach of the Middle States Tennis Association intersectional team in 1997 and 1998 where he was responsible for coaching the top national players in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia. Prior to that, Skorupka coached the 1996 Middle States Junior Tennis Team at the World Team Tennis championships in San Diego, Calif.
Skorupka received his bachelor’s degree in international politics from Penn State in 1994 and earned a master’s degree in counseling education from Penn State in 1999.
At Penn State, Skorupka was a four-year starter on the men’s tennis team and was part of a doubles team that won the Rolex Region I title in 1993. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 12 in doubles in the fall of 1993. Skorupka served as a team captain during the 1993-94 season and also received the school’s senior award for athletic excellence.
Skorupka and his wife, Debra, reside in Advance. They are the proud parents of Riley Christopher Skorupka, who was born in March 2009.