Lagvilava named America East Player of the Year.
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Entering his 14th season as head coach of the Stony Brook's men's & women's tennis teams, Gary Glassman has firmly entrenched Seawolves tennis as not only one of the top programs in the America East but one of the top programs in the Northeast Region .
Last season, Glassman led the women's team to their first America East championship in program history. The Seawolves knocked off 18-time defending champion Boston University in the semifinals before beating No. 2 UMBC in the final to advance to its first NCAA tournament.
Glassman and his staff earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors and junior Nini Lagvilava was named America East Player of the Year. In addition, freshman Polina Movchan earned the conference's Rookie of the Year award and was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the America East championships.
A former member of the ITA regional ranking committee and chair of the NCAA Division I Tennis Committee in 2009, Glassman picked up his 350th career victory in the women's 6-1 victory over St. John's on April 10, 2011.
In 2010-11, Glassman led a women's team that had lost two of its top six players from the previous year to its most wins (15) since 2005-06. The Seawolves also earned a spot in the America East semifinals, where they nearly knocked off defending champion Boston University.
The Seawolves were rewarded for their outstanding season when the America East announced its postseason awards. SBU had a program record six players named all-conference, including three on the first team.
He also led the men's team to a spot in the America East semifinals for the ninth straight season and freshman Nikita Fomin earned America East Rookie of the Year honors a year after Nini Lagvilava earned the honor on the women's side.
In 2008-09, Glassman was named America East Coach of the Year on the men's side after leading the Seawolves to a 17-5 record and the finals of the America East tournament. The year before, freshman Artem Baradach earned both America East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.
In the 2005-2006 season, Glassman's men's squad won the America East tournament over Binghamton, earning them an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament where they faced defending champion and #10 UCLA in the first round. The men's team swept all but one conference award while Glassman was named conference coach of the year with Mike Crooks picking up SBU Athlete of the Year honors.
Glassman was named 2004 Stony Brook Co-Coach of the Year as five Seawolves--Philippe Amireault, Michael Crooks, Egil Anonsen, Tal Meir and Alamgir Wali--were named All-America East. Anonsen set the school record for career singles wins (71) while taking home Stony Brook Athlete of the Year Honors.
The team rattled off 11 consecutive wins en route to a 19-3 record and achieved it's first-ever ITA national ranking, reaching as high as No. 70 in the polls. For his efforts, Glassman was recognized as the ITA Northeast Region Men's Coach of the Year.
During the Seawolves' inaugural 2001-02 America East season, Glassman led both teams to the finals of the America East Championships, proving that Stony Brook University could compete among the elite teams in the conference. The rest of the league took notice of Glassman's program on the rise, naming him women's Coach of the Year for his accomplishments.
Glassman's first season with Stony Brook in 1999-2000 saw him successfully transition both programs to the Division I level. Glassman brought the women's team to a 9-4 record - a complete turnaround from the team's 5-7 mark in 1998-99. He also kept the success of the men's program on track, leading the Seawolves to an 8-8 record following their 7-7 record and an NECC championship in 1998-99, the program's third straight.
Excellence in the classroom as well as on the court is stressed by Glassman, demonstrated by the continuous recognition his teams receive for academic excellence. Individually Stony Brook players have earned a total of 48 ITA All-Academic Team awards.
Prior to joining the Stony Brook program, Glassman enjoyed extensive success at every stop in his coaching career. In 1999, he guided the men's program at Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y., to a regional ranking and a runner-up finish in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association. The Red Hawks went 10-5 and Glassman was awarded Conference Coach of the Year honors.
Glassman also coached the University of Louisiana-Monroe women's tennis program to two straight Southland Conference championships in 1996-97, earning conference Coach of the Year honors in 1997. In 1996, he was selected the Louisiana Sportswriters Coach of the Year.
Louisiana-Monroe did not lose a conference match during Glassman's two year reign, posting a 16-0 record and obtaining a national ranking during both seasons he was at the helm of the Division I program.
Coaching women's tennis at Georgia Southern University from 1992-95, Glassman turned the program around and cracked the national ranks of Division I, reaching a high ranking of 42 in 1995. He improved a Lady Eagles squad that went 11-22 during his first two seasons with the program to a 25-9 mark over his last two years, including a 12-2 record in Southern Conference play.
Glassman's finest season at GSU came in 1995 when the team won the regular season and tournament crowns, going 7-0 in conference play and 14-3 overall. He earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors for his efforts, tallying the most wins for the program since 1982.
A Dean's List student and outstanding athlete at Oneonta State University, Glassman was voted team captain and most valuable player during his junior and senior seasons and still ranks among the program's top 10 in total wins.
He earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1989 and took the varsity coaching position at the College of St. Rose for the men's and women's tennis programs upon graduation. He earned his master's degree in sports management in 1991 from Georgia Southern University, taking the coaching position there a year later.