Giuglescu Named CUNYAC
Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year
Florin Giuglescu, coach of Baruch's 2004 CUNYAC champion men's
tennis team, has been named the City University of New York
Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year.
Giuglescu, who just completed his ninth consecutive season as coach of Baruch, is no stranger to tennis success, as his men’s team also previously won the CUNYAC Championships in 2000 & 2002.
“Tennis looks very easy, but when you try it, you know how hard a sport it is to play,“ said Giuglescu. “After one year of hard work by the kids, we finally did it. I want to thank all the players for their work on the court and in the classroom.”
Giuglescu first came to Baruch in 1978, taking the reins of the men's tennis program and coached them until 1987. He returned in fall of 1996 to coach both the women's and men's programs.
His teams have now won four CUNYAC titles, with the women in 1997 and the men in 2000, 2002, and 2004. The accomplishments of the 2002 team earned them a full-page article in the New York Daily News.
A Life Member of the United States Professional Tennis Registry and a Master Pro with the United States Professional Tennis Association, Giuglescu has taught both top-notch pros and absolute beginners with equal enthusiasm and effectiveness.
His professional pupils have included the likes of Barbara Potter, Silvia Hanika, Tim Mayotte, and Yannick Noah. His list of amateur students, however, is still more impressive: Don Imus, Mike Lupica, Peter Jennings, Bill Cosby, Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, and President George H. W. Bush have all taken lessons from the Bearcat mentor.
A native of Bolgrad, Romania, Giuglescu immigrated to the United States in 1973 and became an American citizen in 1979. He is the holder of Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in physical education from the University of Bucharest, and has also studied at New York University and Columbia University.
As a player, he was ranked between 28th and 36th in the United States in and #3 in the East in the USTA Over-40 Division between 1983 and 1993.
Giuglescu speaks four languages fluently and can read in three others.
Courtesy of the Baruch Sports Information Office