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Chris Garner enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Navy men’s tennis team in the fall of 2017.

Garner has guided the Mids to the championship match of the Patriot League Tournament in each of his three seasons, with Navy claiming the 2015 tournament title. Navy has posted an overall record of 64-38 in his short stint, which includes a combined regular season and tournament record of 19-4 against league foes.

The 2017 campaign saw Navy total a 22-18 record on the year and a combined 6-2 record in matches played against league competition. The Mids also dropped matches to a number of standout programs such as SMU, William & Mary and Penn.

Garner led the Mids to an overall record of 22-9 and a No. 1 seed in the 2016 Patriot League Tournament. Four of Navy’s losses came in matches decided by the final score of 4-3, with two more defeats coming to No. 45 Princeton and No. 15 Columbia. Individually, Austin Jones capped his career by becoming just the third Mid to be tabbed as the Patriot League Player of the Year.

His inaugural 2015 season at Navy was a memorable one as he guided the Mids to an overall record of 20-11, the 2015 Patriot League Tournament title and a return to the NCAA Tournament. Six of Navy’s 11 losses on the season came to teams that held a national ranking during the season: Old Dominion, UNC Wilmington, College of Charleston, San Francisco and Fresno State during the regular season, with a loss to Texas coming in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Garner was selected as the 2015 Patriot League Coach of the Year.

Garner arrived on The Yard fresh off of leading Amherst to the 2014 NCAA (DIII) Championship. The Lord Jeffs posted a 36-3 record during the 2013-14 season to win the program’s second NCAA team crown in four years. Additionally that year, Joey Fritz won the NCAA singles title and Fritz teamed with Justin Reindel to advance to the semifinal round in doubles.

The 2014 crown capped Garner’s seven-year stint as the head coach at Amherst. He guided the Lord Jeffs to an overall record of 199-43 (.822) –– 134-16 (.893) over his last four seasons –– and to at least the semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament in five of his years. Amherst won NCAA crowns in 2011 and ‘14, advanced to the NCAA finals in 2009 and ‘10, and won the third-place match in the 2013 edition of the tournament. The Lord Jeffs also reached the quarterfinal round in the 2012 edition of the event, which gave Garner a record of 24-4 in six seasons of NCAA Tournament play.

Amherst also compiled a 49-7 (.875) record in NESCAC regular season matches under Garner. The Lord Jeffs entered the conference tournament seeded no lower than second in each of his last six seasons, which included them earning the No. 1 seed in 2011, ‘12 and ‘13. The program would go on to claim three NESCAC Tournament titles (2011, ‘12, ‘14), reach the finals on two additional occasions (2009, ‘13) and post a 9-4 (.692) record in NESCAC Tournament play.

Nationally, Garner’s players totaled 22 ITA All-America accolades. In addition to the 2014 run of success by Fritz and Reindel, Austin Chafetz and Luis Rattenhuber won the 2012 NCAA doubles title and Mark Kahan advanced to the 2013 singles final.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Garner was a standout player in his own right. He was the No. 1 ranked player in the country in the 14-and-under age group in 1983, the No. 1 ranked player in the under 16’s in 1984 and was the No. 3 player in the under 18’s from 1985-86. He competed on the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team from 1985-87 and amassed 12 National Junior titles before entering the collegiate ranks.

Garner earned All-America honors at Georgia before joining the professional tour. He attained an ATP ranking of No. 120 in 1991, advanced to the Round of 16 at the 1993 Australian Open and recorded victories over some of the top players in the world during his pro career.

After his playing career ended in 1994, Garner served as a private tennis coach for both professional and junior players before becoming an assistant coach at Colorado for one season (2004-05). The Buffaloes ended his lone season at the school ranked 59th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and with a 9-15 record. He would then spend two years as an assistant coach at Ohio State, during which time he also completed his undergraduate degree. The Buckeyes were a combined 26-0 against Big Ten competition, compiled an overall record of 58-4 –– 28-2 in 2005-06; 30-2 in 2006-07 –– advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament in both seasons and ended the years ranked fifth and third, respectively, by the ITA.

A grandfather of his fought in the Navy during World War II and was stationed on the USS New Orleans and the USS Salt Lake City.

The Garner family, which includes wife Monika, daughter Gigi and sons Luke and Finn, resides in Annapolis.

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