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THE OFFICIAL SITE OF MARIST ATHLETICS

Men's Tennis Coaching Staff
Tim Smith
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Year: Freshman
Alma Mater: SUNY Geneseo
Eligibility: Freshman
Experience: 18 Years

Entering his 20th season at Marist, head coach Tim Smith has taken the Red Foxes to the highest level of success during his time with the team. His teams have won 11 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships have compiled a record-setting 131-8 mark in the MAAC.

The Red Foxes won their way to a 14-5 record and a MAAC record of 6-1 in the 2015-16 season. The men finished as Co-Champions of the MAAC in regular season with their .857 win percentage. 

Pair, Joe Motta and Fredrik Bjerke earned a spot on the All-MAAC first team as number three doubles. Justin Chanthalangsy and Dylan Fletcher were also recognized on the All-MAAC second team, in the positions of number two and six singles, respectively. With success in the classroom as well, the men had four representatives on the MAAC All-Academic Team. 

During the 2014-15 season, the Marist men’s tennis team won the program’s 12th MAAC Championship and produced a 6-1 record in the MAAC. The Red Foxes finished the season with an overall record of 15 -7 and earned a birth to their 12th NCAA Tournament in program history. Freshman Rudolf Kurz was named the 2015 MAAC Men’s Tennis Championships Most Outstanding player. Kurz won the deciding match in three sets at second singles. He also teamed with sophomore Dylan Fletcher to win the decisive match in a tiebreaker at third doubles to give the Red Foxes the doubles point and eventually the MAAC Championship victory.

In 2014, the Red Foxes claimed their 11th MAAC Championship, including its sixth in the last seven season with a 4-2 victory over Monmouth. Marist finished a perfect 7-0 in MAAC play, its fifth straight undefeated season in conference play. Joseph Dube was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Dalen Klassen, Will Reznek, Dube, and Fredrik Bjerke were named to singles All-MAAC First Team. The duo of Lorenzo Rossi and Reznek as well as Klassen and Trym Nagelstad were named to doubles All-MAAC First Team. Rossi and Matteo Giudici were named to singles All-MAAC Second Team while Giudici and Dylan Fletcher were named to doubles All-MAAC Second Team. Smith was named the Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in this career. 

In 2013, Marist won its 10th MAAC Championship, including its fifth in the past six seasons, defeating Fairfield 4-2. The Red Foxes finished a perfect 6-0 in conference play; their fourth straight undefeated season in conference play. Lorenzo Rossi was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Dalen Klassen was named the MAAC Player of the Year and Fredrik Bjerke was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Rossi, Klassen, Joris Van Eck, and Joseph Dube were named to singles All-MAAC First Team. Klassen and Billy Bishop were named to the doubles All-MAAC First Team. Will Reznek was named to the singles All-MAAC Second Team. Trym Nagelstad, Bjerke, Rossi, and Van Eck were named to the doubles All-MAAC Second Team. 

In 2012, the Red Foxes stretched their MAAC regular season winning streak to 18 matches, posting their third straight undefeated season in conference play. They closed the regular season by winning eight consecutive matches overall. After a convincing 6-1 triumph over Saint Peter's in the MAAC Seminals, Marist dropped a tough 4-3 decision to second-seeded Fairfield in what was a thrilling championship match. The Red Foxes took home four of the six singles spots on the All-MAAC First Team and swept the Second Team doubles. Lorenzo Rossi took home his second consecutive Player of the Year award while freshman Joseph Dube was named the Rookie of the Year. Smith earned Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career.

In 2011, Smith's team took home 11 out of the 12 MAAC postseason awards. The Red Foxes swept all six awards at the singles positions as well as second and third doubles, Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.

During the 2009-10 regular season, his players took the program to a higher level. Seniors Loic Sessagesimi and Christian Coley became the first players to reach the 60 team, 128-draw ITA Regional Tournament Round of 16 in November. Sessagesimi reached the quarterfinals to net the highest individual finish under Smith's tutelage.

In Smith's 18 years at the helm of the Red Foxes, he has compiled a 298-96 record. He has coached the men's team at Marist to 298 wins, while earning eight as head coach of the women's tennis team. The men's team continues to play one of the most competitive tournament schedules in the east, having played the Army, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn State, Columbia USTA Open, ECAC and Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Tournaments. Dual matches have included matches against Alabama, Baylor, Brown, Florida, Harvard, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas. His teams and players are regularly recognized by the ITA for their academic excellence and have won every tennis award offered by the MAAC. In 2011, Marist was one of twenty teams to place five or more student-athletes on the ITA All-Academic team, which requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

The Red Foxes have competed in 12 NCAA Tournaments under Smith, a Marist College record. He has taken the program to the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor, LSU, Harvard, Alabama, Mississippi State, Florida, USC and University of California-Berkeley.

Prior to coaching at Marist, Smith registered an 80-4 record over four years at Dutchess Community College and one year at SUNY Oswego for a combined career record of 324-77, a winning percentage of .808. While at Dutchess, he coached three nationally ranked teams, two of which finished in the top 10 and three junior college All-Americans. Over the past 25 years he has guided numerous students to receive state and national rankings.

In addition, Smith was an ETA-USTA National Team Coach, an ETA Junior Davis Cup Coach and a USPTA Level I teaching professional. Smith was named the USPTA Coach of the Year for the Eastern Section in 1993, 1995 and 2009. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Presidential Sports Award for Tennis. His peers have selected him as the MAAC Coach of the Year three times - 2003, 2011 and 2012. In 2008, he was inducted into the Dutchess County Sports Museum Hall of Fame for his contributions to tennis and the community.

Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY Geneseo, where he lettered in tennis and was captain of the team. He received his Masters of Science from SUNY Albany in Student Personnel in Higher Education and his Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in administration from SUNY New Paltz.

A native of Lockport, N.Y., Smith presently resides in Hyde Park, N.Y., with his wife Ann. They have two children, Shannon and Tim Jr. and five grandchildren: Ella, Ryan, Sienna, Rachael and Tyler.

Tim Smith Year-by-Year at Marist

Year

MAAC

Overall

Result

2015-16

6-1

14-5

MAAC Semifinals

2014-15 

6-1 

15-8 

 MAAC Champions

2013-14

7-0

15-5

MAAC Champions

2012-13

6-0

17-4

MAAC Champions

2011-12

6-0

15-6

MAAC Finals

2010-11

6-0

18-4

MAAC Champions

2009-10

6-0

14-6

MAAC Champions

2008-09

5-1

12-4

MAAC Champions

2007-08

6-0

14-5

MAAC Champions

2006-07

6-1

16-5

MAAC Finals

2005-06

6-1

14-6

MAAC Finals

2004-05

6-1

16-4

MAAC Finals

2003-04

6-1

16-7

MAAC Finals

2002-03

9-0

22-3

MAAC Champions

2001-02

9-0

19-8

MAAC Champions

2000-01

9-0

16-9

MAAC Champions

1999-00

7-0

20-4

MAAC Champions

1998-99

11-0

23-5

1997-98

8-1

16-3

MAAC Champions

Total

131-8

312-101

12 MAAC Championships

Marist Accolades Under Smith

MAAC Player of the Year (4): 2012-13 - Dalen Klassen. 2011-12 - Lorenzo Rossi. 2010-11 - Lorenzo Rossi. 2004-05 - Pedro Genovese (Co-Player).

MAAC Rookie of the Year (6): 2014-15 - Rudolf Kurz.  2012-13- Fredrik Bjerke. 2011-12 - Joseph Dube. 2010-11 - Lorenzo Rossi. 2007-08 - Marcus von Nordheim (Co-Rookie). 2006-07 - Loic Sessagesimi.

MAAC Coach of the Year (4): 2013-14, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2002-03.

All-MAAC First Team Singles (39): 2014-15 - #4 Joseph Dube, #5 Matteo Guidici, #2 Rudolf Kurtz.  2013-14 - Dalen Klassen, #2; Will Reznek, #3; Joseph Dube, #4; Fredrik Bjerke, #5. 2012-13 - Lorenzo Rossi, #1; Dalen Klassen, Co-#2; Joris Van Eck, #4; Joseph Dube, #5; Fredrik Bjerke, #6. 2011-12 - Lorenzo Rossi, #1; Will Reznek, #4; Joseph Dube, #5; Dalen Klassen #6. 2010-11 - Lorenzo Rossi, #1; Joris Van Eck, #2;, Nicolas Pisecky #3; Matt Himmelsbach, #4; Landon Greene, #5; Will Reznek, #6. 2009-10 - Christian Coley, #1; Nicolas Pisecky, #3; Matt Himmelsbach, #4; Landon Greene, #5; Marcus von Nordheim, #6. 2008-09 - Loic Sessagesimi, #2; Nicolas Pisecky, #3; Landon Greene, #5; Matt Himmelsbach, #6. 2007-08 - Loic Sessagesimi, #2; Marcus von Nordheim, #3; Nicolas Pisecky, #4; Greg Marks, #5. 2006-07 - Loic Sessagesimi, #2. 2005-06 - Ray Josephs, #5; Greg Marks, #6. 2004-05 - Pedro Genovese, #1.

All-MAAC Second Team Singles (19): 2015-16 - Justin Chanthalangsy #2, Dylan Fletcher #6. 2014-15 - Fredrik Bjerke, #3.  2013-14 - Lorenzo Rossi, #1; Matteo Giudici, #6. 2012-13 - Will Reznek, #3. 2009-10 - Loic Sessagesimi, #2. 2008-09 - Christian Coley, #1; Marcus von Nordheim, #4. 2007-08 - Landon Greene, #6. 2006-07 - Pedro Genovese, #1; Christian Coley, #3; Greg Marks, #4; Ray Josephs. #5; Federic Rolon, #6. 2005-06 - Leo Rodriguez, #3. 2004-05 - Mark Santucci, #4; Ray Josephs, #5; Federico Rolon, #6.

All-MAAC First Team Doubles (21): 2015-16 - Motta/Bjerke #3. 2014-15 - Fletcher/Kurz, #3.  2013-14 - Rossi/Reznek, #1; Klassen/Nagelstad, #2. 2012-13 - Bishop/Klassen, #1. 2010-11 - Van Eck/Himmelsbach, #2; Rossi/Reznek, #3. 2009-10 - Coley/Himmelsbach, #2; Pisecky/Sessagesimi, #3. 2008-09 - Coley/Hobbs, #1; Pisecky/Greene, #3. 2007-08 - Coley/Pisecky, #1; Marks/Sessagesimi, #2; von Nordheim/Greene, #3. 2006-07 - Genovese/Rolon, #1; Marks/Josephs, #2; Coley/Sessagesimi, #3. 2005-06 - Genovese/Rodriguez, #1; Santucci/Rolon, #3. 2004-05 - Santucci/Rodriguez, #1.

All-MAAC Second Team Doubles (14): 2014-15 - Chanthalangsy/Guidici, #2. 2013-14 - Giudici/Fletcher, #3. 2012-13 - Nagelstad/Bjerke, #2; Rossi/Van Eck, #3. 2011-12 - Giudici/Himmelsbach, #1; Rossi/Van Eck, #2; Bishop/Klassen, #3. 2010-11 - Hobbs/Pisecky, #1. 2009-10 - Hobbs/Greene, #1. 2008-09 - Sessagesimi/Himmelsbach, #2. 2005-06 - Josephs/Marks, #2. 2004-05 - Genovese/Rolon, #2; Josephs/Boletta, #3.

MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player (10): 2013-14 - Jospeh Dube. 2012-13 - Lorenzo Rossi. 2010-11 - Matt Himmelsbach. 2009-10 - Loic Sessagesimi. 2008-09 - Loic Sessagesimi. 2007-08 - Loic Sessagesimi. 2002-03 - Pat Hofer. 2001-02 - Pat Hofer. 2000-01 - Pat Hofer. 1999-2000 - Ralph Van DePlasse.

MAAC All-Academic Team (66): 2015-16 - Fredrik Bjerke, Jan Dernic, Julien Hochner, Rudolf Kurz. 2014-15 - Fredrik Bjerke, Joseph Dube, Matteo Guidici, Julien Hochner.  2013-14 - Fredrik Bjerke, Joseph Dube, Matteo Giudici, Julien Hochner, Trym Nagelstad, Lorenzo Rossi, Jacob Solly 2012-13 - Joseph Dube, Loreno Rossi, Jacob Solly, Joris Van Eck. 2011-12 - Matt Himmelsbach, Joris Van Eck, Lorenzo Rossi, Jacob Solly. 2010-11 - Landon Greene, Matt Himmelsbach, Rhys Hobbs, Nicolas Pisecky, Joris Van Eck, Marcus von Nordheim. 2009-10 - Christian Coley, Landon Greene, Matt Himmelsbach, Rhys Hobbs, Michael Land, Nicolas Pisecky, Loic Sessagesimi, Marcus von Nordheim. 2008-09 - Christian Coley, Landon Greene, Michael Land, Loic Sessagesimi, Marcus von Nordheim. 2007-08 - Michael Land, Greg Marks, Loic Sessagesimi. 2006-07 - Ray Josephs, Greg Marks. 2005-06 - Alain Boletta, Ray Josephs, Greg Marks, Brendon Van Wasbeek. 2004-05 - Alain Boletta, Machael Nassif. 2003-04 - Alain Boletta, Chris Hagen, Michael Nassif. 2002-03 - Martin Aldorsson, Patrick Hofer, Michael Nassif, Viktor Sapezhnikov, David Slater. 2001-02 - Pat Danhert, Pat Hofer, Viktor Sapezhnikov, Michael Sowter. 2000-01 - Ben Scurto.