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Manuel Diaz Email: Mannydiaz@sports.uga.edu
Manuel Diaz enters his 28th season as head coach at Georgia, and he is one of only two coaches in program history at the varsity level. In his 27th season, the Bulldog letterwinner guided the team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships while winning a league-leading 38th Southeastern Conference title and third in a row. Following the 2014-15 season, Diaz owns a career record of 627-135 (.823).
Diaz has led Georgia to six national championships - four NCAA titles (1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008) and two ITA National Indoor titles (2006 and 2007). He is one of only three active coaches with multiple NCAA titles. Since becoming head coach in 1988, Diaz has guided the Bulldogs to 26 SEC titles (17 regular season crowns and nine tournament championships).
The Bulldogs have ended the season ranked in the top-five nationally 19 times under Diaz and finished in the top-10 24 times and the top-25 in all 27 of his years as head coach.
Diaz won the 600th match of his career in April 2014 vs. Alabama, becoming just the 10th NCAA Division-I coach to reach that milestone, and won his second ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year award in three years and seventh overall.
The 2015 team won Georgia's Faculty Athletics Representative Award as the UGA men's team with the highest grade point average. Georgia's 994 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score released in May 2015 was also tied for the highest among UGA men's teams and was third among SEC men's tennis programs.
In 2013, his 25th season at the helm, Diaz led UGA into the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in eight years. He coached his 700th Georgia match Diaz's Bulldogs swept both the SEC regular season and tournament crowns for the seventh time in school history. On March 10, 2013, Diaz moved into second place on the all-time SEC wins list behind only his mentor Dan Magill.
In 2012, Diaz captured his 550th career win in a mid-season dual match vs. Vanderbilt, and was named the ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career. It was his 30th season overall coaching in Athens as he completed six seasons as an assistant.
Diaz led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive NCAA Championship in 2008. The sixth NCAA team championship title in school history, Diaz has accounted for four of them as the head coach (1999, 2001, 2007, 2008), and he was also an assistant coach under Magill on both of the other winning squads (1985, '87).
In addition to his four NCAA Championships, Diaz's teams have reached the NCAA finals seven other times: 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2006. In the last 10 seasons, Diaz has coached his team to a remarkable 253-43 record that includes an undefeated 32-0 National Championship season in 2007. Georgia was also 30-1 in 2006, with its lone loss coming in the NCAA final.
From April 23, 2005 to March 19, 2010, Diaz coached the Dogs to 71 straight wins at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, the second-longest home winning streak in program history. Diaz led Georgia to 11 consecutive national top-five finishes from 1989 to '99, a feat no other school in the country can match.
Diaz's Bulldogs won the program's first-ever triple crown of tennis in 2001, as the team won its second national title in three years, while Matias Boeker won the NCAA singles crown and teamed with Travis Parrott for the doubles championship. It was only the third time since 1977 that such a feat had been accomplished.
Diaz was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1989, 1995, 2001, 2006 and 2007. Under Diaz, Georgia has seen 34 different players earn 84 All-America honors. With Diaz at the helm, five Bulldogs have been four-year All-Americans: Mike Sell (1992-95), Jamie Laschinger (1993-96), Steven Baldas (1995-98), Bo Hodge (2001-04) and most recently John Isner (2004-07).
Diaz has a proven track record at developing players for their careers in college and beyond. After he was a four-time All-American at UGA, Isner has gone on to achieve a top-10 ATP world ranking, and he is currently the highest-ranked male American tennis player. Diaz was involved in the development of 1984 and 1985 NCAA singles champion Mikael Pernfors, who also went on to reach an ATP top-10 ranking along with being a finalist in the 1986 French Open.
Diaz also coached Grand Slam champions Murphy Jensen (French Open doubles) and T.J. Middleton (Wimbledon mixed doubles) in addition to numerous players who were in or around the ATP top-100 in the world.
Under Diaz, Georgia has been among the most nationally-televised collegiate programs. Georgia made history in 2007, when its national championship win in Athens at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex became the first collegiate tennis match ever to be televised live. The production was carried on ESPNU.
The Bulldogs have had a player in the NCAA singles finals in 1991, 1992, 1993, 2002 and 2007, and appeared in the team final in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008, all of which have been televised by ESPN. In 2005, Isner and Ruiz's doubles win was televised by The Tennis Channel. Georgia had a player in the team, singles and doubles finals in 2001, but those matches were not televised.
Diaz is a respected and honored leader in collegiate tennis including being selected as the Wilson/ITA National Coach-of-the Year in 1995, 2001 and 2007. He was inducted into the State of Georgia Hall of Fame in the fall of 2000. For his outstanding contribution to tennis in his home country of Puerto Rico, Diaz was inducted into the Puerto Rican Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Diaz is married to the former Suzanne Rondeau of Toronto, Canada. They have three sons: Manuel III, Eric and Alex. Eric is a senior on the men's tennis team.
|The Manuel Diaz Era|
|Year||Record||Final Ranking||SEC Finish||NCAA Finish|
|2000||17-11||18th||4th||Round of 32|
|2003||9-15||23rd||10th||Round of 64|
|2004||20-6||6th||3rd||Round of 16|
|2014||18-8||9th||1st||Round of 16|
Overall Record: 627-135 (.823)
Four NCAA Championships
Two ITA National Indoor Championships
26 SEC Championships