PACIFIC PALISADES – On Saturday evening Caltech head
tennis coach Mandy Gamble was honored as the 2013 United States
Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) California division
women’s coach of the year.
Open to coaches from all divisions, this annual award was presented to Gamble during the USPTA's California annual dinner which recently took place at Rivera Country Club. Gamble began coaching at Caltech in 2002.
"I am extremely satisfied to be recognized by my peers for the
work and growth of our tennis program. I have enjoyed the process
of developing the players in our program and helping them reach
their goals. This award symbolizes the progress Caltech Athletics
is making and the hard work our department is doing is paying off,"
This past season the Beavers produced seven wins; the most for the program since the 2000 season. They ended the year ranked 16th in the ITA West Region rankings.
In addition to the team's success, Gamble coached Rebekah Kitto
to single season school record 19 dual matches en route to earning
the school's first ever invitation to the NCAA singles
championship. Kitto ended the year ranked 32nd in the nation while
earning a ranking of seventh in the west region.
Gamble helped Kitto and Monica Li earn all-SCIAC honors during the breakout season. It is the first time in school history the Beavers placed two players on the all-conference team in the same season.
Paul Settles from ClaremontMuddScripps took home the top honor on the men’s side. The keynote speaker for the dinner was Billy Martin, men's coach at UCLA.
(Presenting the award is California Division President and Cal Lutheran men's coach, Mike Gennette)