April 16, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Former Northwestern head coach Paul Torricelli will be inducted into the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame May 20 during the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament. Torricelli, who was at the helm of Northwestern tennis for 24 years, is the third Northwestern head coach to be named to the Hall of Fame following in the footsteps of Paul Bennett and Clare Riessen.
During his tenure at Northwestern, Torricelli won the Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year award three times and his teams set the Northwestern record for most dual match wins. He is the only coach to be honored in the 2009 class of inductees.
In his 24 seasons, Torricelli compiled a 343-257 (.572) overall mark, including a 162-114 (.587) record in Big Ten conference play. His Wildcat teams reached the NCAA Tournament nine times and also posted two undefeated regular seasons in conference play. His 1990 team, which included U.S. Davis Cup standout Todd Martin, also won the Big Ten Championship. The 1990 team along wit the 1997 team advanced to the NCAA round of 16.
Under Torricelli, the Wildcats were successful on the team and individual level. 28 players were named to All-Big Ten teams and 57 to Big Ten All-Academic teams. Additionally, Todd Martin (1990), Alex Witt (1997) and Marc Silva (1998) won Big Ten Player of the Year awards under Torricelli.
Torricelli offered guidance not just to his players, but to his assistant coaches as well. Six former assistants, including Northwestern's current head coach Arvid Swan, moved into head coaching positions: Mickey Maule (Northern Illinois), Adam Steinberg (Alabama/Pepperdine), Gordie Ernst (Penn/Georgetown), Jay Udwadia (Drake/Fresno State), Greg Davis (Louisville), and Arvid Swan (DePaul/Northwestern). One former Wildcat player, Geoff Young ('94), is currently the head coach at Minnesota.