Former head coach Paul Torricelli finished his Northwestern career with a 343-257 record after 24 seasons at the helm.
Torricelli became the sixth head men's tennis coach since 1921 when he succeeded Vandy Christie in 1984. He follows such legendary Wildcat coaches as Paul Bennett (1931-1958) and Clare Riessen (1959-1975), both members of the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.
Torricelli's teams have consistently been among the Big Ten's elite. His Wildcat teams have an overall record of 343-257 (.572), including a 162-114 (.587) mark in the conference.
He has led the Wildcats to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, two undefeated conference seasons and a Big Ten championship while earning three Big Ten Coach of the Year Awards.
In addition to team success, individual Wildcats have earned numerous honors in both the collegiate and professional ranks during Torricelli's tenure. Most notable of these is Davis Cup star Todd Martin, who turned professional in 1990 just after his sophomore year at NU. Torricelli had the privilege of watching Martin become a Grand Slam finalist, as well as a Davis Cup mainstay.
Other standouts include Doug Bohaboy, whose ATP ranking cracked the top-250 in 2001, and Alex Witt, who qualified for the main draw at the 2000 Queen's Club Championships in London.
Six of Torricelli's former assistant coaches have graduated from Evanston to the head coaching ranks. Jay Udwadia became head coach at Drake University and is currently the head coach at Fresno State. Greg Davis who was the 1998-99 assistant coach and took over the women's program at Louisville. Adam Steinberg, following a five-year head coaching stint at Alabama, took over the Pepperdine program in 2002 and won a national championship in 2006. Torricelli also had a former player become a head coach. Geoff Young, who played for NU from 1991-94, now leads the men's team at Minnesota. Current NU head coach Arvid Swan was an assistant under Torricelli as well.
While in Evanston, Torricelli became a fixture in the tennis community. After 18 summers as head tennis professional at the Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Ill., he became director of the Nike Tennis Camp held each summer at Northwestern.
Torricelli has been a certified member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association since 1979 and he is a frequent speaker at teaching and coaching conferences throughout the Midwest. He has served as a tennis analyst for SportsChannel in Chicago during the U.S. Open and Wimbledon championships.
In January of 2002, Torricelli contributed to another chapter of the history of Northwestern tennis when the 'Cats moved into the Combe Tennis Center.
Fully self-contained, with six courts, seating for over 300 spectators, offices, locker rooms, a conference and training room, the center overlooks Lake Michigan and is a perfect fit for college dual matches.
In 2003, Torricelli's team became the first recipient of the ITA Team Sportsmanship Award.
Torricelli was born in Oakland, Calif., and raised in nearby San Lorenzo. He is a graduate of Arroyo High School (1969) and Chico State University (1974). Torricelli captained both his high school and college squads and began his college coaching career at Chico in 1977. After two years, he moved to Lake Forest College in Illinois (1980-83), before being named Christie's successor at NU in 1984.