Aug. 24, 2005
University of Virginia head women's tennis coach Mark Guilbeau announced that Troy Porco has joined the program as an assistant coach. Porco comes to Virginia from Auburn, where he was the head women's tennis coach for the past eight seasons.
"Our entire program is very, very fortunate to have Troy Porco join us," said Guilbeau. "Working alongside Troy will be a tremendous positive for all of the student-athletes on this team and a highlight for me personally as a coach and friend. I have the utmost respect for Troy and am extremely grateful for all that he has already done to work with me and help move Virginia women's tennis in a positive, exciting direction."
Porco was the head coach at Auburn from 1998 to 2005 and led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in 2002. That season, he was honored as the SEC Coach of the Year and the ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year. His team's at Auburn were traditionally one of the best academically at the school and he coached 29 Academic All-SEC selections.
"I am extremely excited to be joining the University of Virginia family," said Porco. "The opportunity to work with Mark is one that I am very excited about. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark as a person foremost, and also as one of the premier coaches in the country. His level of success on the collegiate level speaks for itself and I am looking forward to helping him continue and build on that level here at Virginia. I would like to thank the University of Virginia athletics department for having me and my family and I look forward to helping them and Mark achieve great things."
Prior to taking over the program at Auburn, Porco was an assistant women's tennis coach at Miami for five seasons. While at Miami, the Hurricanes won four Big East titles and appeared in three NCAA Championships. From 1991-92, Porco was the head coach of the women's tennis program at his alma mater, Florida International, and had a 21-15 record in two seasons.
"I would like to thank the UVa athletic department administration for making the hiring of Troy a possibility," added Guilbeau. "I know that his ethic, professionalism and love for coaching collegiate tennis will create great energy for our program and will be characteristics shared wholeheartedly by me. I know we are now in a position to offer every prospective and current women's tennis student-athlete the best environment and training necessary to reach their highest level of success."