Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Coaching Bobcat players Ben Stein and Amrit Rupasinghe to the 2009 NCAA men’s doubles crown, and Stein to the finals of the 2009 NCAA singles championship, is just a recent example of Paul Gastonguay’s enduring legacy of winning tennis at Bates. Drawing the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships for the second time in five years in 2008 is just the latest example of the activism and dedication regularly shown by Gastonguay to his program and alma mater.
Twice honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year, Gastonguay has led the men’s program to one of the longest periods of sustained excellence of any sport in school history. The team has qualified for the NESCAC tournament each year since it began in 2001 and also qualified for the NCAA Championships for seven straight years beginning in 2000. In 2006, Gastonguay’s top singles player at Bates to date, Will Boe-Wiegaard ’06, won the NCAA Division III Men’s Singles Championship despite being unseeded.
In 2002, Gastonguay was selected as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Northeast Region Men’s Coach of the Year. Gastonguay became the head tennis coach of the Bates women’s program in 2001, and he was named NESCAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 2003. Gastonguay was inducted into the Lewiston-Auburn Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
A Lewiston native, Gastonguay graduated from Bates in 1989 as the winningest tennis player in Bates College history, amassing a combined record of 149-41 in his four-year playing career. He set three of the top four single-season marks in school history and became the Bobcats’ second-ever All-American in tennis in his senior season, during which he was a finalist for the NCAA Arthur Ashe Award. Gastonguay competed professionally in International Tennis Federation Satellite, Challenger and ATP Tour events, where he achieved world rankings in singles and doubles. He served as a practice partner for former ATP Tour top ranked player Ivan Lendl during the last four years of his career.
Assistant Coach, Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Greg Janssen enters his first year as the men’s and women’s assistant coach for Bates tennis in the 2010-11 academic year. Janssen graduated from Coe College in 2010 with a degree in business administration. While at Coe he was captain of the men’s tennis team in 2009 and 2010. He was also voted to the All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team three times in both singles and doubles. In 2010 he was voted IIAC Men’s Tennis Most Valuable Player. During his four years at Coe he totaled 157 singles and doubles wins combined.
Coach Janssen can be reached at (207) 755-5955 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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