The University of Dubuque men’s tennis program continues to improve and compete among the best in the country. In 2010, UD captured a singles USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championship and the Spartans qualified an individual for the NCAA Division III National Singles Championships.
The squad will play around 20 matches per year as they travel around the Midwest as well as to Florida and Washington, D.C. over spring break. Six recently completed outdoor courts and four indoor multi-purpose courts allow the Spartans to play and practice in any weather conditions.
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Garcia Claims IIAC Performer of the Week Honors
University of Dubuque senior Nick Garcia was named IIAC Men's Tennis Performer of the Week. Garcia went 4-0 on the week at #1 Singles and #1 Doubles as UD went 1-1 as a team. He extended his winning streak at #1 Singles to five games and ten sets with 6-4, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-1 wins on Saturday at Knox. In doubles play, he teamed with Dishon Deering to win 8-5 vs. Ripon and 8-6 vs. Knox.
Spartans Lose to Alum Stewart
The University of Dubuque Men's Tennis team began the 2014 season on Saturday morning inside the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center. UD lost 5-4 to former Spartan Austin Stewart and his St. Ambrose team in Head Coach Claudio Giraldi's first match at the helm. Nick Garcia and Nikolay Gospodinov went 2-0 on the day.
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2009-10 (Freshman): finished season with 0-1 record in singles and 0-1 in doubles.
Letter Winner: Football, Rifle Team, and Track & Field.
|Trevor Calahan||Senior||Aberdeen, Md.|
2010-11 (Freshman): finished season with 4-16 record in singles and 5-16 in doubles.
|Dishon Deering||Senior||Winter Springs, Fla.|
2012-13 (Freshman): finished season with a 0-3 record in singles and 1-5 in doubles.
Also a member of the Football team.
Athlete of the Month... Captain (Tennis)... Honors.
|Andrew Drummond||Sophomore||Joliet, Ill.|
2009-10 (Freshman): finished season with 28-6 record in singles and 19-11 in doubles... All-Iowa Conference in singles... IIAC Flight "A" Singles Runner-up.
German Honor Society... European Champion (3 times)... MVP (3 times)... Team MVP (3 times)... Team Captain (3 times)... Letter Winner.
|Nick Garcia||Senior||Leimen, Germany|
2011-12 (Freshman): finished season with a 14-13 record in singles and 7-12 in doubles.
|Nikolay Gospodinov||Junior||Mons, Belgium|
|Brandon Kroeger||Freshman||Cary, Ill.|
Team Captain... Honor Roll (4 years).
Letter Winner: Tennis (4 times).
|Duy Nguyen||Freshman||Davenport, Iowa|
2011-12 (Freshman): finished season with 0-1 record in singles and 0-1 in doubles.
|Sean O'Meara||Junior||Henderson, Nev.|
|September 20, 2013||Iowa Conference Individual Championships||Pella, Iowa||..........|
|September 21, 2013||Iowa Conference Individual Championships||Pella, Iowa||.........|
|February 8, 2014||vs. St. Ambrose University||Dubuque, Iowa||L, 4-5|
|February 15, 2014||at Buena Vista University||Storm Lake, Iowa||L, 1-8|
|February 15, 2014||vs. Augustana College, S.D. (at BVU)||Storm Lake, Iowa||L, 1-8|
|February 22, 2014||vs. Ripon College (at Knox)||Galesburg, Ill.||W, 7-2|
|February 22, 2014||at Knox College||Galesburg, Ill.||L, 4-5|
|March 1, 2014||vs. UW-La Crosse||Dubuque, Iowa||L, 2-7|
|March 28, 2014||vs. Cornell College||Dubuque, Iowa||4:00 pm|
|March 29, 2014||at Coe College||Cedar Rapids, Iowa||9:00 am|
|April 5, 2014||vs. Simpson College||Dubuque, Iowa||9:00 am|
|April 5, 2014||vs. Central College||Dubuque, Iowa||1:00 pm|
|April 10, 2014||vs. Loras College||Dubuque, Iowa||3:30pm|
|April 13, 2014||at Edgewood College||Madison, Wis.||9:00 am|
|April 13, 2014||vs. UW-Eau Claire (at Edgewood)||Madison, Wis.||12:00 pm|
|April 16, 2014||vs. Augustana College||Dubuque, Iowa||4:00 pm|
|April 19, 2014||vs. Grandview University (at Wartburg)||Waverly, Iowa||12:00 pm|
|April 19, 2014||at Wartburg College||Waverly, Iowa||3:00 pm|
|April 23, 2014||at Luther College||Decorah, Iowa||4:00 pm|
|May 2, 2014||Iowa Conference Team Championships||TBD|
|May 3, 2014||Iowa Conference Team Championships||TBD|
Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach
BBA, MBA, University of Dubuque
Office Phone: (563) 589-3706
Office Location: Mercer-Birgmingham
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Claudio Giraldi has been named Head Women’s and Men’s Tennis Coach at the University of Dubuque, Director of Athletics Dan Runkle announced today.
"I am pleased to welcome Claudio to our coaching staff," commented Runkle. "Claudio was a leader for us on our men’s tennis team, and we look forward to him continuing to build a quality program for our men and women as they compete in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference."
Giraldi was a four-year letter winner and a member of the men’s tennis team for the University of Dubuque Spartans from 2007-2011. In high school, Giraldi was 2005 Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) European Champion and runner-up in 2006 in tennis. He was a varsity soccer player and was a member of the 2006 DoDDS European Soccer Championship Team. He was named an All-Europe and All-Conference team honoree at SHAPE American High School.
“I’m excited to be involved as head coach,” commented Giraldi. “I’m looking forward to the challenges and making our men’s and women’s team successful in the competitive Iowa Conference. To be named head coach of the school I played for is an honor. I love the University of Dubuque, and I hope to transfer my enthusiasm to current and future student-athletes.”
Giraldi added, “My goal is to finish this season strong and retain current players by sharing my vision for the future of Spartan women’s and men’s tennis while motivating them. I believe in hard work, being positive, and working as a team. I will be giving as much as I expect to receive from them now and into the future.”
Giraldi is a native of Rome, Italy and learned to play tennis in Santa Marinella, Italy from coach Carlo Oroni. He was a graduate from SHAPE American High School in Mons, Belgium. He graduated from University of Dubuque in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources and a minor in marketing. Giraldi received his master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Dubuque in 2013.
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- 2012-13 Men's Tennis
2012-13 Men's Tennis Season
2012-13 Men's Tennis Team
Front Row: Nikolay Gospodinov, Trevor Calahan, Shawn Iben, and Demetrius Johnson.
Back Row: Sean O'Meara, Head Coach Bryan Mohrs, Andrew Drummond, Michael Braden, and Dishon Deering.
The University of Dubuque Men's Tennis team finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 3-18 and tied for sixth place in the Iowa Conference at 1-6. UD qualified for the 2013 Iowa Conference Team Championships. Senior Nick Garcia won the Flight "A" Singles Championship at the IIAC Individual Tournament in the Fall. Garcia teamed with fellow senior Demetrius Johnson to finish in Third Place in Flight "A" Doubles at the IIAC Individual Tournament.
Michael Braden, Dishon Deering, Nikolay Gospodinov, Shawn Iben, and Demetrius Johnson all earned Academic All-Iowa Conference. Iben was selected First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District.
- 2011-12 Men's Tennis
2011-12 Men's Tennis Season
2011-12 Men's Tennis Roster
Michael Braden, Trevor Calahan, Dishon Deering, Nick Garcia, Nikolay Gospodinov, Shawn Iben, Demetrius Johnson, Chris Matteson, Sean O'Meara, Paul Roberts, Marc Santos, Andrew Sheedy, and Mark Zweifel.
The University of Dubuque Men's Tennis team finished the 2011-12 season with an overall record of 15-11 and tied for third place in the Iowa Conference at 5-3. Junior Nick Garcia and freshman Paul Roberts were named All-Iowa Conference Singles. Garica also earned IIAC All-Conference in Doubles. Garcia finished 4th in Flight "A" Singles at the Iowa Conference Individual Tournament. The doubles team of Garcia and Demetrius Johnson finished 3rd in Flight "A" Doubles at the IIAC Tournament.
Michael Braden, Dishon Deering, Shawn Iben, Demetrius Johnson, Chris Matteson, and Mark Zweifel all earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
- 2010-11 Men's Tennis
2010-11 Men's Tennis Season
2010-11 Men's Tennis Team:
Front Row: Demetrius Johnson, Shawn Iben, Claudio Citta, and Nick Garcia.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Carrie Soppe, Chris Matteson, Claudio Giraldi, Trevor Calahan, Michael Braden, Dishon Deering, and Head Coach Bryan Mours.
The University of Dubuque Men's Tennis team finished the 2010-11 season with an overall record of 11-17 and fifth place in the Iowa Conference at 4-4. Sophomore Nick Garcia was named All-Iowa Conference in Singles and Doubles. Garcia finished 2nd in Flight "A" Singles at the IIAC Individual Tournament.
Shawn Iben, Demetrius Johnson, and Chris Matteson all earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
- 2009-10 Men's Tennis
2009-10 Men's Tennis Season
2009-10 Men's Tennis Team Roster
Michael Braden, Trevor Calahan, Claudio Citta, Giordano Dasio, Nick Garcia, Shawn Iben, David Jacobsen, Demetrius Johnson, Jon Kroll, Daniel Lind, Chris Matteson, and Cory McCarthy.
The University of Dubuque Men's Tennis team finished the 2009-10 season with an overall record of 16-13 and tied for third place in the Iowa Conference at 5-3. Freshman Nick Garcia was named All-Conference Singles. Garcia finished 2nd in Flight "A" Singles at the IIAC Individual Tournament. Freshman Demetrius Johnson won the Flight "B" IIAC Singles Championship.
Chris Matteson and Cory McCarthy each earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
- 2008-09 Men's Tennis
2008-09 Men's Tennis Season
2008-09 Men's Tennis Team Roster
Giordano Dasio, Claudio Giraldi, Jonathan Gouris, David Jacobsen, Jonathan Kroll, Chris Matteson, Cory McCarthy, Lucas Pipenhagen, and Austin Stewart.
The University of Dubuque Men's Tennis team finished the 2009 season with an overall record of 13-15 and fifth place in the Iowa Conference at 4-4 for first year head coach Bryan Mohrs. Claudio Giraldi finished the season with a singles record of 20-8 including at perfect 8-0 mark in the IIAC.
- 2007-08 Men's Tennis
2007-08 Men's Tennis Season
2008 Men's Tennis Team
Front Row: Brock Renbarger, Jeromy Asido, Austin Stewart, Jose Garcia, and David Jacobsen.
Back Row: Head Coach Billy Porter, Jonathan Kroll, Cory McCarthy, Claudio Giraldi, and Ian Book.
The University of Dubuque Men's Tennis team finished the 2008 season with an overall record of 15-4 and second place in the Iowa Conference at 4-1 for head coach Billy Porter. Freshman Claudio Giraldi was named Flight "B" Singles Champion at the IIAC Individual Tournament. Sophomore David Jacobsen won the Flight "C" Singles Championship to give UD two of the three singles champions at the tournament. Junior Austin Stewart and Sophomore Cory McCarthy teamed up to win the Flight "B" Doubles Championship.
Ian Book was named Academic All-Iowa Conference.
- 2006-07 Men's Tennis
2006-07 Men's Tennis Season
2007 Men's Tennis Team
Front Row: Cory McCarthy, Ricky Thorson, Jose Garcia, Jonathan Kroll, Oliver deSilva, and Ian Book.
Back Row: Head Coach Billy Porter, Austin Stewart, David McAlexander, Casey Arensdorf, Tim Melvold, David Jacobsen, and Asst. Coach Brett Bousman.
The University of Dubuque Men's Tennis team finished the 2007 season with an overall record of 12-9 and tied for fourth place in the Iowa Conference at 4-4 for head coach Billy Porter. Freshman David Jacobsen and Cory McCarthy each finished the season with over 30 total wins and outstanding records in IIAC action. Jacobsen finished 34-12 overall and 12-3 in the IIAC including a 6-1 singles record. McCarthy wrapped up the season with a 35-11 overall record and 12-4 mark in IIAC action. Jacobsen and McCarthy teamed to finish with a 6-2 doubles record in IIAC play.
Ian Book and Oliver Desilva earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.