|Title:||Head Men's Tennis Coach|
Evan Isaacs is entering his 11th season as the head men’s
and women’s tennis coach at Columbus State University in
2012-2013. A former Cougar player and graduate assistant coach,
Isaacs is recognized as a top instructor in the game.
Isaacs has guided the women’s team to be one of the best programs in the nation since taking the reigns at CSU. The Lady Cougars have reached the NCAA Tournament in all 10 years with Isaacs at the helm including being ranked in the top 10 for nine straight seasons. In 2005, CSU was ranked fourth in the nation, its highest ranking in program history. That season Isaacs also took the program to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time.
Overall, the Lady Cougars have made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2012). Isaacs and CSU also captured the program’s first and only Peach Belt Conference regular season championship in 2006.
2012 was a banner year for the Columbus State women’s tennis program as the Lady Cougars won 28 matches setting a new single-season win record. CSU also advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history.
Isaacs coached three All-Americans in 2012 including Paola Cigui. Cigui had the best season in CSU history going 23-0 in singles action and finished the season ranked as the fifth best player in the nation. She also became the first Lady Cougar to be named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year.
Isaacs has coached 13 All-Americans and 24 All-Conference
players on the women's side. The team is also a five-time recipient
of the All-American Academic Team Award. For his team’s great
play in 2010 in which they went 19-6, he was named the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Region Women’s
Coach of the Year.
On the men’s side, Isaacs has gradually transformed the team, as he took over a winless program the year before his arrival in 2002 and has turned the team into a national powerhouse.
In 2010, Isaacs led the Cougars to a 20-win season for the first time since Peach Belt Conference play started and had the highest win total in the conference play in school history with eight. CSU was the host for the Southeast Regional for the first time as the Cougars advanced to the national semifinal round before bowing out.
Isaacs led the Cougars to another banner year in 2011 winning 19 matches and hosting yet another Southeast Regional. After advancing to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season, the Cougars upset an undefeated UC San Diego squad and went on to defeated Western New Mexico to advance to their second straight national semifinal appearance. There, the Cougars lost a heartbreaking match to the eventually national champions, Valdosta State.
2012 was just another year for Isaacs and the Cougars as they finished the season with a 23-4 record and hosted the Southeast Regional for the third consecutive season. Columbus State came up just shy of reaching the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year falling to Augusta State in the Southeast Regional final.
Overall, Isaacs has led the program to seven NCAA tournaments
including five straight appearances. He has coached six
All-Americans, 13 All-Conference honorees and one PBC Freshman of
the Year. The team also received the Peach Belt Conference
Sportsmanship Award in 2010. Also in 2011, Isaacs’ top duo of
Christophe Noblet and Gordan Divljak finished the season ranked
second in the nation according to the ITA Poll.
Isaacs was also named the 2011 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Men’s Coach of the Year.
Prior to CSU, Isaacs was a private tennis instructor working in
several different areas. From April of 1998 until his arrival
in Columbus, he was the head professional at Wynlakes Golf and
Country Club in Montgomery, AL. Prior to this, he had brief
stints with Callaway Garden Resorts and Shangri-La Resort in Grove,
Isaacs earned his undergraduate in Recreational Management (1995) and graduate degree in Public Administration (1997) from Columbus State University. He was a two-year member of the tennis program at CSU. Isaacs played two seasons under legendary Coach Bal Moore at Jefferson State Community College. They were ranked ninth in the country in 1992 and 1993 and won the Alabama State Junior College Championship.
Isaacs and wife Michelle were married in June 2002 and reside in Columbus. Michelle is a physical therapist working with Select Physical Therapy in Columbus. The couple has two daughters - Jessie, born in 2004, and Kendall, born in 2006.
Isaacs' Men's Record Year-By-Year
|2004||13-8||4-4||NCAA Tournament Second Round
|2006||11-9||4-3||NCAA Tournament First Round
|2008||13-12||4-4||NCAA Tournament First Round
|2009||17-6||6-2||NCAA Tournament Third Round
|2010||20-5||8-1||NCAA Tournament Semifinals
|2011||19-5||7-2||NCAA Tournament Semifinals
|2012||23-4||8-1||NCAA Tournament Second Round