As one of the nation’s premier tennis coaches, Angelo Anastopoulo has helped cultivate the tennis program at the College of Charleston from a Division I newcomer into one of the most well-regarded programs in the nation. The 2013-14 season marks his 23rd as the head coach of the women’s tennis team and his 13th as The College’s Director of Tennis. Coach Anastopoulo also coached the men’s team from 1991-01.
In 2013, Anastopoulo led The College to its fifth consecutive Southern Conference Championship title as well as a fifth-straight NCAA Tournament berth. The team’s 20-9 overall record marked the seventh consecutive 20-win season for the Cougars – amassing an impressive 153-49 (.757) record over that span, including a 92-20 (.821) record at the Cougars' Patriots Point Tennis Complex. Individually, Coach Anastopoulo took home his fifth Southern Conference Coach of the Year award, while senior Christin Newman was named Conference Player of the Year
An Era of Success
Over the course of his vaunted career, Anastopoulo has compiled an impressive overall coaching record of 589-234 (.716). His record with the women’s team over the past 22 years is a remarkable 417-155 (.729). Anastopoulo also amassed a strong 172-79 (.685) overall record with the men's squad between 1991-01.
The 2012 edition of the Cougars women’s tennis team (25-6) captured a Southern Conference Championship title en route to its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament berth. It marked the most victories in a single season (25) in school history. The Cougars also achieved their first-ever undefeated home season (17-0) and were ranked a program-best No. 60 during the season in the ITA national rankings and finished a school-best No. 5 in the Carolina Region.
In 2011, the Cougars returned to the NCAA Tournament after winning the SoCon Tournament title and compiled a 21-8 overall record with their second-straight unbeaten 10-0 mark in league play. Anastopoulo was honored as SoCon Coach of the Year for the fourth time of his career.
The Cougars finished the 2010 season ranked No. 65 nationally in the final Campbell/ITA Team Rankings after compiling a 20-10 overall record and 10-0 league mark. Individually, Holly Dowse and Emma Hayman became the first SoCon doubles team to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga. They were one of 16 automatic qualifiers in the 32-team draw.
In 2009, Anastopoulo guided the Cougars to a 24-5 overall record which marked the most wins in the program's NCAA history to that point. CofC posted a 9-1 SoCon record and a 15-2 mark in home matchups at Patriots Point. The 2009 ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year and the USPTA Southern Coach of the Year, Anastopoulo led the Cougars to the 2009 Southern Conference Tournament title and its second NCAA Tournament trip. CofC knocked off top-seeded Furman, 4-1, in the conference finals, but lost a hard-fought 4-1 decision at Florida in the NCAA First Round.
2008 represented another strong season for the Cougars, who finished with a 23-4 overall record, 8-1 in the Southern Conference. This marked one of the most successful seasons in the program's history as an NCAA member.
In 2003, Anastopoulo directed the women's squad to the Southern Conference Tournament title and the Cougars' first automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships. As a result, he was named the SoCon Coach of the Year.
In 2001, Anastopoulo was named Southern Conference Women's Tennis Coach of the Year after guiding the Cougars to the finals of the SoCon Tournament. He also led the team to the conference finals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
One of Coach Anastopoulo’s most significant accomplishments at The College occurred in 1996 when his women's team captured the Trans America Athletic Conference championship title for the first time in school history. It marked the first NCAA Division I conference title for a women's team at CofC as he was tabbed 1996 TAAC Coach of the Year.
Academically, Anastopoulo's squads have been consistently strong in the classroom with a plethora of CofC Honors College student-athletes who have helped the Cougars earn ITA All-Academic Team honors, the highest team grade-point average of all varsity sports teams at CofC and recognition by the NCAA in its annual 2013 Public Recognition Awards for schools ranking in the top 10 percent of all Division I teams in their respective sport. Teams honored by the NCAA earned multiple Academic Progress Report (APR) scores in the top 10 percent over the past five years.
Anastopoulo, a Charleston native, was a tennis standout at Middleton High School and The Citadel. He was a nine-time state champion at Middleton, and earned all-conference, all-state and All-American honors.
As The Citadel team captain in 1989, he led the Bulldogs to a school record 22-4 season and a second-place Southern Conference finish. For his efforts, he earned Most Valuable Player honors. While at the Citadel, he was also a national mixed doubles champion. Upon graduation, Anastopoulo played several professional tournaments including qualifying for the Lipton International Players Championship - now renamed the NASDAQ 100 - before becoming a tennis professional at the Charleston Tennis Center, where he coached several South Carolina State Champions.
Anastopoulo is a USTPA P1 certified tennis pro, the highest teaching certification possible.
Hailing from a tennis-oriented family in the Charleston community, his brothers, Arthur and Akim, played at the University of South Carolina and the University of Louisville respectively. Akim is a former tennis head coach at The Citadel. Meanwhile, Anastopoulo's sister, Patti, played on the first College of Charleston women's tennis team from 1974-78. Anastopoulo resides in Charleston with his wife, the former Paula Vallas, and their two sons, Ted (17) and Stratas (14), who are both upcoming tennis players themselves.
THE ANASTOPOULO FILE
• Five-Time Southern Conference Coach of the Year (2001, 2003, (co) 2010, 2011 and 2013)
• 2009 ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year
• 2009 USPTA Southern Coach of the Year
• 1996 Trans America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
• Sixth All-Time NCAA Tournament Appearances (2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013)
• 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Southern Conference Championships
• 1996 TAAC Championship
1991-92: 18-5 (.783)
1992-93: 17-9 (.654)
1993-94: 22-4 (.846)
1994-95: 19-10 (.655)
1995-96: 19-4 (.826)
1996-97: 17-8 (.680)
1997-98: 14-8 (.636)
1998-99: 17-10 (.630)
1999-00: 13-12 (.520)
2000-01: 16-9 (.640)
Totals: 172-79 (.685)
1991-92: 18-1 (.947)
1992-93: 15-7 (.654)
1993-94: 18-9 (.667)
1994-95: 16-9 (.654)
1995-96: 22-4 (.846)
1996-97: 18-6 (.750)
1997-98: 15-7 (.682)
1998-99: 18-7 (.720)
1999-00: 12-13 (.480)
2000-01: 20-7 (.741)
2001-02: 20-6 (.769)
2002-03: 22-4 (.846) - NCAA First Round
2003-04: 19-8 (.704)
2004-05: 18-6 (.750)
2005-06: 13-12 (.520)
2006-07: 20-7 (.741)
2007-08: 23-4 (.852)
2008-09: 24-5 (.828) - NCAA First Round
2009-10: 20-10 (.667) - NCAA First Round
2010-11: 21-8 (.724) - NCAA First Round
2011-12: 25-6 (.806) - NCAA First Round
2012-13: 20-9 (.689) - NCAA First Round
Totals: 417-155 (.729)
Men's and Women's Combined Record: 589-234 (.716)