Marquette's Staniford to take over Indians Tennis
NC Sports Information
May 27, 2003
NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College Athletics Director Andy Carter announced the hiring of former Marquette Head Men’s Tennis Coach David Staniford today.
Staniford completed his 10th season as Marquette's head men's tennis coach in 2002-03. During the past 10 years at the helm of the Golden Eagles, his teams have grown and developed into regional and national contenders with an impressive dual match record and individual conference championships at No. 1 singles.
Marquette has earned rankings in the Midwest Region poll in eight of the last nine years, while several singles players and doubles teams have been regular participants in regional and national level tournaments. His 17-year overall record is 206-205. At Marquette, he has earned a 99-101 record in 10 seasons.
After earning a DPE-Honors (Diploma of Physical Education) from Sydney Teachers College in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Staniford went on to earn three degrees from the University of Oregon. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1969. Staniford received a master’s degree in physical education and recreation from Oregon in 1970. A former Rotary International Graduate Fellowship recipient, he went on to earn a doctorate degree in physical education and leisure studies in 1975. He has also studied at the University of London. His studies have allowed him to become an expert in movement analysis and biomechanics. He has authored many articles and several books including Natural Movement for Children, and his latest work, Natural Tennis.
Previous to Marquette, Staniford coached at Illinois State where he was the head men’s tennis coach for eight seasons. During that time the Redbirds compiled a 106-104 record. In addition to those duties, Staniford was head coach of the ISU women's tennis team from 1985-90.
Staniford has coached extensively in several countries. Over the past 25 years he has coached many outstanding juniors in Australia, Canada, Oregon, Illinois, Florida and Wisconsin. Several of his players from the past have gone on to state, national and international honors. One former player, Carl Limberger, went on to be ranked in the top 100 players in the world. Jorge Gonzalez, whom he coached at Marquette, played on the ATP Tour and is now captain of Puerto Rico's Davis Cup team.
“I am excited to be moving to Newberry and Newberry College and am looking forward to starting a whole new direction for Newberry Tennis,” said Staniford. “I am hoping to have some excited recruits here in this and the coming years. I am currently looking for players that are good ambassadors for the school.”
An outstanding junior player in his native Australia in the late 1960s, Staniford went on to play no. 1 singles at the University of Oregon. In Australia, he was coached by legendary Australian Davis Cup coach Harry Hopman. In the early 1970s he played in numerous tournaments on the world circuit, including several Grand Slams, while continuing with graduate school.
Staniford continues to play in national USTA tournaments and has been ranked No. 1 in the 35 and 45 divisions in central Illinois, including ranking No. 1 in the region. He was the third-ranked men’s 35 player in Canada in 1982 and was a doubles finalist at the 1983 Canadian national tournament. He hopes to continue to play in the South and will compete in the USTA 55 division, time permitting, this fall.
"We are very excited about the addition of Coach Staniford to our athletic department staff. He brings a wealth of high level experience from the Division I level and the international level. Coach Staniford exemplifies the standards of excellence we are looking for in head coaches to lead our programs. We feel very fortunate that he has decided to join us at Newberry College."
Staniford's Coaching History