Aug 21, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips has announced that head men's tennis coach Arvid Swan has received a contract extension through 2017.
"Arvid has done a tremendous job with our men's tennis program, raising it to a level that we can all be proud of," Phillips said. "His teams have displayed an outstanding level of commitment in the classroom and they play the game with class as evidenced by earning the ITA Sportsmanship Award last March. The team's NCAA tournament win over Wake Forest last season was one of the most dramatic moments of 2012-13 for Northwestern Athletics and capped a season that saw the program achieve the second most wins in school history. We're all excited to see the program continue to grow under Arvid's leadership for years to come."
"I would like to thank Dr. Phillips and President Schapiro for the opportunity to continue my coaching career at Northwestern University," said Swan. "It is truly an honor to be the head coach of the men's tennis program. I feel fortunate to coach such outstanding student-athletes and work with a great assistant coach in Chris Klingemann. We will continue to work hard on a daily basis to help the team achieve excellence in the classroom and on the court."
Swan recently guided the Wildcats to a tremendous 2012-13 season that saw the team post 22 dual match victories, just one shy of the program's single-season record while reaching as high as No. 20 in the ITA team rankings. NU advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season and notched its first tourney victory in 15 years with a thrilling 4-3 defeat of 19th-ranked Wake Forest. In all, 12 of the team's wins came against ranked opponents.
Senior Spencer Wolf and junior Raleigh Smith were both first-team All-Big Ten selections in 2013, giving Northwestern multiple individuals on the all-conference first team for the first time since 2005. Smith also was a double winner at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the fall, claiming the singles title while teaming with Sidarth Balaji to take the doubles crown.
Swan has compiled an 83-75 record in his first six seasons at the helm in Evanston. The Wildcats have participated in the NCAA tournament three times: 2009, 2012 and 2013.
In his second season at NU, Swan guided a team that finished the 2008 season unranked and last in the Big Ten to a 2009 year-end ranking of No. 46 in the nation and a tie for fourth in the league. The team improved from 7-17 to 18-9 in just one year and enjoyed the highest jump in the national rankings over a one-year period (as high as No. 42) of any team in Division I, the second time in Swan's career that his team has earned that distinction.
He has proven to be a tremendous recruiter as his first class was deemed No. 12 in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net and he followed it up with the No. 8 recruiting class in 2010 and again in 2013.
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