April 23, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- John Officer, the winningest coach in Navy men's tennis history, announced today his retirement as the head coach of the program.
"My tenure as the head men's tennis coach at Navy has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience," said Officer. "I have accomplished many achievements over the years, but I am most proud of my relationships with my former players. I have loved hearing how the guys are doing in life. I have considered my most important role as a mentor for my players. I have loved the opportunities to spend time together and share old stories. I will continue to be a resource for all of my former players. The Naval Academy is a first class institution of which I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have served as coach. I will continue to serve each of the midshipmen in whatever way I can."
"John's collective accomplishments are best described as a masterpiece," said Navy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "His record of success places him in the category of one of collegiate tennis' finest educators, coaches and ambassadors. Thirty years of teaching hundreds of midshipmen is a tenure that distinguishes John among the Academy's finest. Preparing leaders on the court, for the fleet and for life has been the driving force behind John's amazing inspirational and dedicated service. We are proud and grateful for all he has achieved and wish him the absolute best of everything as he retires into another chapter of his life."
Officer has guided the Mids over the last 29 seasons to a record of 460-303. That tally places him more than 200 victories ahead of Bobby Bayliss, who ranks second on the list with 248 wins. Additionally, he has led the Mids to winning records in each of the last 11 seasons and in 26 of his 29 years.
Navy has won eight Patriot League titles and 10 conference crowns (two as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association) in all under Officer. This includes a run of five titles in six seasons from 2007-12. The Mids also have reached the finals of the Patriot League Tournament in four other years, with their most recent title match appearance coming in 2013. Navy's six NCAA Tournament appearances under Officer since the Patriot League began receiving an automatic berth into the event in 1999 are the most in the league.
Officer's eight Patriot League championships are the most won by any men's tennis coach in league history and are the second-most won by any Navy coach in the league in any sport. He has been decorated as the Patriot League Coach of the Year on seven occasions, which are the most honors earned by any men's tennis coach in league history and are the second-most laurels received from the league by any Navy coach regardless of sport.
In addition to his Patriot League nods, Officer also has been recognized as the CAA Coach of the Year (1986), as the USPTA Mid-Atlantic and National Coach of the Year (1991) and as the ITA Regional Coach of the Year (1991, `99).
Officer's players also have been recognized for their individual excellence over the years. His charges have totaled seven Patriot League Player-of-the-Year honors, been tabbed as the league's rookie of the year five times since the laurel was established in 2002 and have been honored as the MVP of the Patriot League Tournament nine times.
Navy has been ranked among the top-15 teams in its ITA Region 10 times under Officer, with a high of No. 4 coming in 1991. Individually, three of Officer's players have earned a national singles ranking -- most recently Marcus Rebersak in 2011 -- a Mid has attained an ITA Regional ranking in singles six times and five of Officer's doubles tandems have garnered an ITA Regional ranking.
In the classroom, Officer's players have earned two Academic All-America honors, been selected as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the sport four times and have earned ITA National Scholar-Athlete recognition 18 times since the award was instituted in 2004.