Frank Polito
blank Frank Polito
Hometown:
Lorain, Ohio

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Birthdate:
04/05/1967

Experience:
5 years

Alma Mater::
Eastern Michigan

In 2011, Frank Polito completed his fifth season with the University of Georgia including his first as associate head coach. He spent four seasons as an assistant on Jeff Wallace's staff before being promoted to associate head coach in September, 2010.

During his tenure with the Bulldogs, Georgia has compiled a 105-24 record, winning two Southeastern Conference titles and three SEC Tournament crowns. Polito's recruiting efforts for the 2011 season were recognized as Georgia had the top incoming class according to Tennis Recruiting Network. In 2011, freshman Kate Fuller earned All-America honors while freshman Maho Kowase was a first-team All-SEC selection and made the SEC All-Freshmen team.

While Polito has been at Georgia, the Bulldogs have had four top ten finishes in the final national rankings including No. 8 in 2011. In 2008, he was named the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

In his first season at Georgia, he helped the 2007 Bulldogs to an ITA final ranking of No. 4, SEC regular season and tournament titles and an NCAA Quarterfinal appearance. The Bulldogs compiled a 24-2 final record. In 2008, Georgia went 22-5, won the SEC Tournament again and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16. The Bulldogs ended the year ranked eighth nationally with a 22-5 mark. in 2009, Georgia advanced to the program's 10th NCAA Final Four, the finals of the National Team Indoors, won another SEC title and a third straight SEC Tournament crown. The Bulldogs went 27-3 and had an ITA final ranking of No. 3.

Prior to coming to Georgia, he spent two years as an assistant at the University of Kansas. A native of Lorain, Ohio, Polito's coaching and recruiting efforts helped the Jayhawks make a dramatic improvement on and off the court in 2006. In his final year with the Jayhawks, Kansas posted a 14-11 mark and finished the year ranked No. 59 by the ITA. Also, the squad earned ITA All-Academic Team honors with a 3.49 grade point average, which was the best of any Kansas team in the spring. In the previous two seasons, Kansas had combined to win only 11 matches.

Polito is a 1990 graduate of Eastern Michigan where he was a four-year letterman on the tennis team including serving as a captain his senior year. He earned a bachelor's degree in telecommunications and film. Polito began his coaching career at his alma mater.

In 2001, Polito was hired as an assistant coach at Ohio State, and in 2002, he was honored as the ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Polito is a member of the ITA, United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). In 2011, he was inducted in to the Lorain (Ohio) Sports Hall of Fame.

Coaching Experience:

• 1990-95, Head Coach, Eastern Michigan
• 1995, Head Coach, Sienna Heights
• 1996-97, Asst. & Interim Head Coach, Kansas
• 1997-99, Head Coach, Akron
• 1999-2001, Head Coach, Louisiana-Monroe
• 2001-03, Asst. Coach, Ohio State
• 2004-2006, Asst. Coach, Kansas
• 2006-2009, Asst. Coach, Univ. of Georgia
• 2010-present, Associate Head Coach, Univ. of Georgia

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