Greg Van Emburgh
Greg Van Emburgh
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 863-680-4739
Email: gvanemburgh@flsouthern.edu
Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1988

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Greg Van Emburgh was named head coach of the Moccasins on July 11, 2017, and enters his third season at Florida Southern in 2019-20. His tenure has seen academic success, as 16 Moccasins have earned ITA All-Academic status while 24 players have been named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Van Emburgh’s time at Florida Southern has seen him build a new foundation for athletic competition in men’s tennis. Under his direction, men’s tennis has earned national rankings every year at FSC, and in 2019 his squad earned a No. 30 position in the ITA Team Rankings, the highest ranking for the Moccasins since Feb. 14, 2014 when Trey Heath’s team earned a No 26 ranking. On March 20, 2019, Van Emburgh’s team earned a 4-3 win over New Jersey Tech, the first Division I opponent that the Mocs had defeated since Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 1, 2013 in an identical 4-3 scoreline.

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AT FLORIDA SOUTHERN (2017-present):

  • SSC Player of the Week (1): 2019 – Miroslav Cvjetan (2/25)

AT WISCONSIN (2006-2015):

  • NCAA Tournament Appearances (4): 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
  • NCAA Individual Tournament Qualifiers (8): 2012 – Billy Bertha and Fredrik Ask (D); 2011 – Marek Michalicka (S); 2010 – Moritz Baumann (S), Marek Michalicka (S); 2009 – Moritz Baumann (S), Marek Michalicka (S); 2008 – Moritz Baumann (S)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year (1): 2008 – Marek Michalicka
  • All­-Big Ten (10): 2015 – Josef Dodridge (2nd); 2011 – Marek Michalicka (1st); 2010 – Moritz Baumann (1st), Marek Michalicka (1st); 2009 – Moritz Baumann (1st), Marek Michalicka (1st); 2008 – Moritz Baumann (1st), Nolan Polley (1st); 2007 – Moritz Baumann (1st); 2006 – Jeremy Sonkin (1st)
  • Big Ten Athlete of the Week (9): 2009 – Moritz Baumann (1/27, 2/3, 2/24, 3/24); 2008 – Nolan Polley (2/27, 4/16); 2006 – Jeremy Sonkin (2/22, 3/1, 4/12)

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AT FLORIDA SOUTHERN (2017-present):

  • ITA All-Academic Team (2): 2019, 2018
  • ITA Scholar-Athlete (16): 2019 – Victor Ahlbeck, Tim Becker, Miroslav Cvjetan, Valentin Hertweck, Brian Pham, Oscar Sohl, Danny Thomas, Lennart Vossgaetter; 2018 - Victor Ahlbeck, Tim Becker, Derek Bell, Mark Bucknam, Lance Francisco, Matt Matsuyama, Jeffrey Verberne, Lennart Vossgaetter
  • D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award (16): 2019 – Victor Ahlbeck, Tim Becker, Miroslav Cvjetan, Valentin Hertweck, Hikaru Nagoshi, Brian Pham, Oscar Sohl, Danny Thomas, Lennart Vossgaetter; 2018 - Miguel Alvarez-Hevia. Derek Bell, Mark Bucknam, Lance Francisco, Matt Matsuyama, Jeffrey Verberne, Lennart Vossgaetter
  • SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll (24): 2019 – Victor Ahlbeck, Jacob Baehr, Tim Becker, Hunter Brastner, Miroslav Cvjetan, Valentin Hertweck, Hikaru Nagoshi, William Perrigan, Brandon Pham, Brian Pham, Oscar Sohl, Danny Thomas, Lennart Vossgaetter; 2018 - Victor Ahlbeck, Tim Becker, Miguel Alvarez-Hevia. Derek Bell, Mark Bucknam, Lance Francisco, Matt Matsuyama, Blaine Miller, Oscar Soderlund, Jeffrey Verberne, Lennart Vossgaetter

AT WISCONSIN (2006-2015):

  • CoSIDA Academic All-District (1): 2007 – Nolan Polley
  • ITA Scholar-Athlete (3): 2010 – Billy Bertha; 2007 – Nolan Polley; 2006 – Nolan Polley
  • Academic All-Big Ten (22): 2015 – Jakhongir Jalalov, Michael Sinha, John Zordani; 2014 –Jakhongir Jalalov, Petr Satral, Michael Sinha, Oskar Wikberg; 2013 – Billy Bertha, Petr Satral; 2012 – Billy Bertha, Petr Satral; 2010 – Marek Michalicka, Patrick Pohlman; 2009 – Peter Marrack, Marek Michalicka; 2008 – Michael Dierberger, Marek Michalicka, Nolan Polley; 2007 –Lachezar Kasarov, Nolan Polley; 2006 –Lachezar Kasarov, Nolan Polley
  • W Club Community Service Award (1): 2011 – Marek Michalicka

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Van Emburgh came to Florida Southern after spending two years as the head tennis coach and trainer at nearby IMG Academy in Bradenton, where he had the opportunity to coach his sons. Prior to his stint at IMG Academy, Van Emburgh spent 10 years as the head men's tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin.

During his time with at Wisconsin, Van Emburgh led the Badgers to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearances in 2010. He also helped Wisconsin achieve its highest national ranking in school history, reaching No. 19 in the country. In 2010 the Badgers finished 21-9 overall, the second-best mark in school history.

Prior to his time at Wisconsin, Van Emburgh was the associate head coach at the University of Kentucky, helping the Wildcats to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament and a top 15 finish in four consecutive years. One of Van Emburgh's protégés, Jesse Witten, won five All-America honors during his career at Kentucky.

Outside of the collegiate ranks, Van Emburgh served as the Director of Tennis at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club for two years. Prior to that, he played professionally on the ATP Tour from 1989-1999; winning 10 ATP Tour doubles titles. In doubles play, he reached as high as No. 11 in the world in team rankings and was a 1990 semifinalist at Wimbledon.

In doubles play, Van Emburgh's highest individual world ranking was No. 28, and during his career, he picked up victories over tennis legends Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, and Patrick McEnroe. Van Emburgh finished his playing career with 38 appearances in Grand Slam events and was ranked among the ATP top 100 for 10-straight years. He won seven different ATP titles and appeared in seven other ATP finals.

He played collegiately at Kentucky from 1985-88 and was UK's first all-American, earning four All-America honors in singles and doubles. He made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals and was a member of the US World University Team that won a bronze medal. In addition, Van Emburgh was a member of the USTA Junior Davis Cup squad, was an all-SEC team captain, and is a member of the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame. He graduated from Kentucky with a degree in sociology.

A native of Mineola, N.Y., Van Emburgh and his wife, Tracey, have two sons, Jake and Jenson. Jake plays collegiately at the University of Oklahoma and was ranked among the top five players in his age bracket since the age of 12 and is a former Wisconsin State singles champion. Jenson is one of the world's top para table tennis players and is currently in the process of qualifying for the Paralympics. 

GREG VAN EMBURGH YEAR-BY-YEAR
YEAR INSTITUTION DIV. RECORD PCT. CONF.
2006 Wisconsin NCAA-I 11-12  .478 3-7
2007 Wisconsin NCAA-I 16-11 .593 6-4
2008 Wisconsin NCAA-I 18-10 .643 8-2
2009 Wisconsin NCAA-I 16-11 .593 4-6
2010 Wisconsin NCAA-I 21-9 .700 7-3
2011 Wisconsin NCAA-I 12-13 .480 5-5
2012 Wisconsin NCAA-I 12-12 .500 4-7
2013 Wisconsin NCAA-I 13-12 .520 4-7
2014 Wisconsin NCAA-I 9-16 .360 1-10
2015 Wisconsin NCAA-I 7-17 .291 3-8
2018 Florida Southern NCAA-II 8-11 .421 2-6
2019 Florida Southern NCAA-II 9-13 .409 3-5
 Career (12 seasons) 152-148 .507 50-70
10 Seasons at Wisconsin 135-124 .521 45-59
2 Seasons at Florida Southern 17-24 .415 5-11

 

(Updated 8/21/19)