Friday, July 17, 2020

New Mexico assistant named Pacific men's head coach

   The University of the Pacific today named University of New Mexico assistant coach Robin Goodman as the new men's head coach.
   Goodman will become a head coach for the first time after recently hired Jeff Wilson withdrew for personal reasons, according to UOP.
   "We are honored to welcome Robin to Pacific as our new head men's tennis coach," Pacific athletic director Janet Lucas said on "He is the right person to lead this program to new heights while incorporating the values and mission of the university.
   "Coach Goodman brings an unsurpassed energy and passion to both the academic and athletic aspects of this experience. His personal philosophy, recruiting ability and approach to developing talent will work together to create a dynamic opportunity within a compelling team culture."
   The Lobos went 46-39 in Goodman's four years at New Mexico, going undefeated in Mountain West Conference play in 2019 and winning the league title.
   "I'd like to thank director of athletics Janet Lucas, (associate athletic director) Tim Dickson and the entire search committee for giving me this opportunity," said Goodman, a native of Cambridge, England, and 2014 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. "I am grateful and honored to become a member of the Tiger family, and I will work tirelessly to instill a culture of pride and excellence within this program. I cannot wait to get started in leading this group of talented young men to winning on and off the court."
   Pacific went 1-13 in the shortened 2019-20 season under interim head coach Mike Palacio, who took over after longtime men's head coach Ryan Redondo resigned last December.
   Before coming to New Mexico, Goodman spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Baylor in Waco, Texas. The Bears advanced to the NCAA Tournament both years, reaching the semifinals in 2015 and ending the season at No. 3 nationally. Baylor's Julian Lenz ascended to No. 1 during the 2015 season and finished the year at No. 4. 
   As a player, Goodman compiled 111 career singles wins at Drake and was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection. He finished with the fifth-most career victories in program history and twice was named to the all-MVC scholar-athlete first team.

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