Cory Hubbard, tennis coach
Cory Hubbard is the head tennis coach at Fordham.
When Cory Hubbard, the new tennis coach at Fordham, visited Rose Hill for the first time, he had an inkling that Fordham was a “sleeping giant.”
“I asked myself, 'Is this a place where I would want to come to, as an athlete?’ It seemed to have everything: a beautiful campus, great academics and location.”
What he could contribute, he thought, was a high level of coaching experience to build an up-and-coming tennis program that would attract some new tennis talent. Hubbard knows a thing or two about college tennis. The Texas native spent four years at Texas A&M on a team ranked in the top 20. In 2000, he won the Aggie Heart Award for his overall contribution to the team.
After college, Hubbard worked as an assistant coach at Texas Christian University, helping the Horned Frogs advance to three straight NCAA tournaments. In 2004, he guided the Frogs to a No. 5 national ranking and was a finalist for ITA National Coach of the Year.
“Coaching is my passion,” said Hubbard. “The Fordham position was a perfect fit. I really felt I could sell the University and recruit players looking to play at the Division I level with a high level of academics.”
Last fall, Hubbard needed to add four players for the 2011-2012 season. To be safe, he made offers to eight players.
All eight accepted.
“Everyone I talked to believed in what I was selling,” Hubbard said, “which is a chance to come into a program and be part of turning it around.
“It takes a special kind of athlete to want that challenge and to believe they can do it.”
The Tennis Recruiting Network ranked Hubbard’s first recruiting class fifth best among mid-major schools nationally and 27th overall among all schools.
Following in the footsteps of longtime Fordham tennis coach Bob Hawthorn, who passed away in 2011, is no small feat. But Hubbard said the best way he can fill Hawthorn’s “big shoes” is to build a winning team in his honor.
“I want make the program one that is ranked nationally,” he said. “That is the best way to honor all the work he did here as an ambassador for Fordham and for the sport.”