TENNIS

David DiLucia Named Albert G. Molloy Men’s Tennis Head Coach at Penn

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PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Alanna Shanahan, director of athletics and recreation at the University of Pennsylvania, T. Gibbs Kane, Jr. W’69, announced the promotion of David DiLucia as the Albert G. Molloy head coach of men’s tennis. DiLucia has been with the program as an assistant coach since September 2017 under David Geatzwho recently announced his retirement.

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David DiLucia played a key role in the success of our men’s tennis program over the past five years, and he earned this promotion to head coach,” said Shanahan. “He is highly regarded in the tennis community since playing professionally and coaching some of the top pros and juniors. His scouting prowess, player development and relationship-based coaching have helped elevate Penn’s men’s tennis and I’m confident the future remains bright under David’s leadership.”

Under Geatz and DiLucia, Penn’s men’s tennis program made history last spring by competing in the NCAA Championship as a team for the first time. The Quakers lost to VCU, 4-3, in a first-round game played in Charlottesville, Virginia. Edoardo Graziani was the first Penn player to be voted Ivy League Player of the Year by the coaches of the Ancient Eight, and he went on to play in the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship. Graziani returns for 2022-23 along with four other players who featured in that NCAA duel with the Rams: Aditya Gupta, hard parikh, Baylor Saiand Kevin Zhu.

“I would like to thank Alanna for this incredible opportunity to lead the Quakers in the future. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Coach Geatz for the past five years. His passion for teaching and caring for his players s is manifested daily and I wish it all I am excited for the challenge ahead of me and will continue to foster a relationship-rich environment in which our student-athletes are supported and challenged to thrive academically, athletic and personal.

DiLucia’s connections to Philadelphia run deeper than his five years with the Quakers. The Norristown, Pa. (Malvern Prep) native also competed for the Philadelphia Freedoms in World Team Tennis, leading them to their first league championship in 2001. Additionally, the former world No. 242 in singles and 92 in doubles on the ATP World Tour competed at the US Pro Indoor in Philadelphia, reaching the round of 16 in singles in 1992.

The former pro played in the singles main draw of Australia, Wimbledon, the US Open and all four major doubles tournaments, reaching the second round of the US Open and France Open in 1998 and the eighth finals at Wimbledon in 1993. During his professional career, DiLucia represented the United States on the 1993 Davis Cup team as well as at the 1991 Pan American Games where he won a silver medal in singles and a gold medal in mixed doubles. His career best singles result came in 1998, where he reached the quarterfinals of the Championship Series event in Tokyo, beating Kenneth Carlsen and former top 15 player David Wheaton.

DiLucia graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In his senior year, he received the Kanaley Award, the highest honor given to student-athletes who have been exemplary as students and leaders. He was a five-time All-America at the NCAA level, earning top singles and doubles finishes, and led the Fighting Irish to the NCAA Tag Team Finals in 1992. In 2008, DiLucia was inducted into the ‘Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men’s Collegiate. Tennis Hall of Fame.

After her professional career, DiLucia traveled the world and coached one of the greatest doubles teams in history, Bob and Mike Bryan, which ranked number one in the world. He also coached the women’s number one doubles team consisting of Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. In 2006, DiLucia was the coach of former world number one and International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, Lindsay Davenport.

DiLucia has also developed and coached some of the nation’s top junior, college, and professional players as a National Coach for the United States Tennis Association. From 2011 to 2017, he served as a director of CITRS, Inc., an organization whose mission is to help youth and organizations achieve excellence through comprehensive character education, leadership, and professional development.

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What they say about Coach DiLucia…

“What a great hire for Penn! David’s experience, both as a player and coach of players on the professional circuit, will allow Penn players to enter their competitive matches one step ahead of their opponents. At Notre Dame, he led our team to the NCAA Championship Finals. His dynamic leadership was as important as his exemplary play on the court. Kudos to Penn Athletics Management for providing their players with a such a great opportunity to experience success at the highest level!”
Bob Bayliss, former Men’s Tennis Head Coach, Notre Dame (1987–2013)

“The University of Pennsylvania has promoted one of the top coaches in American tennis to be its next senior men’s tennis coach. I’m thrilled for student-athletes and alumni because David DiLucia is one of the best in the business at building character, developing world-class tennis players and preparing young men for life. David has reached the pinnacle of our sport at the junior, collegiate and professional levels and as a result brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new leadership role. I’ve been fortunate to call David a mentor of mine for nearly 15 years, and I’m sure he will have a profound impact as the new head coach of Penn’s men’s tennis program.”
Andres Pedroso, Men’s Tennis Head Coach, University of Virginia

David DiLucia is one of the best coaches in college tennis. He combines his formidable achievements as a player with extensive experience coaching top junior, college and professional players. I have known David for over thirty years, first as one of his coaches and finally as a coaching colleague in the USTA Player Development Program. He is a skilled racing technician as well as a master of strategy and tactics. What sets him apart, however, is his drive to nurture and develop his players on and off the pitch. Penn did a circuit rental with David DiLucia.”
Rodney Harmon, Women’s Tennis Head Coach, Georgia Tech

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