Rob Hubbard enters his sixth season as the head coach of
the UMBC men’s and women’s tennis programs.
The Retriever mentor has compiled a record of 62-39 with the
men and 52-48 on the women’s side during his tenure. He has
piloted the men to the America East Conference title match in each
of the past four spring campaigns. The Retriever men
completed the 2010 with a 17-6 record, posting its most wins in a
season since 2002, when the Retrievers won 18 of 26 matches. The 17
wins tied for the third-most in UMBC’s Division I history and
the team finished the campaign ranked No. 6 in the
Hubbard has coached numerous America East All-Conference and
All-Academic team members in his previous five seasons in
Baltimore. Alice Chen was tabbed for the CoSida/ESPN the
Magazine Academic All-America University Division
Women’s At-Large Second Team in 2010. Most recently, the
women's tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic Team for
having a team GPA of 3.2 or higher for the 2012-13 academic year,
making it four out of five years that the program has achieved that
"Once again I am very proud of the academic achievement of our
women's tennis team,” head coach Rob Hubbard
said. “Four of the past five years they have been
awarded this honor by the ITA (barely missing in 2011-12)
which shows the resolve these ladies have for excellence not only
on the court but in the classroom as well."
Hubbard is a 1974 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School
who competed on the ATP Tour from 1979-1981 and played in the 1979
and 1980 United States Open tournaments. He has coached privately
and at Goucher (Md.) College (2000-05) and the University of
Texas-Pan American (2005-08) since 1981.
“Rob Hubbard brings UMBC a wealth of experience as a
big-time player, Division I coach and entrepreneur,” former
Director of Athletics Dr. Brown said at the time of Hubbard’s
hiring. “He has been successful at all levels within the
tennis community and is a recognized figure in Maryland tennis. As
a home-grown product and a national and international player and
coach, he brings the know-how to move UMBC tennis to the next
In 2007-08, Hubbard's third season as head coach at UTPA, the
men's tennis team jumped two spots from the previous season to be
ranked 12th in the South Central Region for the fifth time in seven
seasons. The women's team finished at 17-8 and earned a spot on the
2008 Women's Division I final regional rankings in
15th place. As if having the best season in
program's history wasn't enough for Hubbard, the women's tennis
team received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)
All-Academic Team award for the 2007-2008 season for their
excellence in the classroom.
Hubbard took over the reins of the UTPA men's and women's
tennis program in November of 2005 and made the most of the short
year with the Broncs and Lady Broncs. The women's tennis team
finished with a 7-14 record, which were the most victories that the
Lady Broncs had achieved over the course of the last five seasons.
The biggest success came in the classroom for the Broncs and Lady
Broncs as they were one of 22 programs in the nation to have both
squads selected as All-Academic Scholar Teams by the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Retriever mentor was a standout for the Pan American
University men's tennis program from 1974-78 where he was the
top-ranked player on the nationally-ranked Broncs' squad. In 1978,
Hubbard was part of a Broncs' team that achieved the first top-10
ranking in program history where he was invited to the NCAA
Division I National Singles' and Doubles' Championships in his
final two seasons with the squad.
Following the 1978 season, Hubbard turned professional and
enjoyed three seasons on the ATP Tour where he was ranked in the
top-300 in the world and competed in a pair of U.S. Open's during
the 1979 and 1980 seasons.
He was a two-time USTA National Champion and
was selected to represent the United States at the Italia Cup,
which was a 35-and-over Davis Cup competition, during his
post-professional playing days. He was also the USPTA Maryland Pro
of the Year in 2000 and was the USPTA Mid-Atlantic 35-and-over
Player of the Year during his elite playing career.
Hubbard made his return to the Rio Grande Valley in 2005 after
serving as the head men's tennis coach at Goucher for the previous
five seasons. During his time with the Gophers' program, Hubbard
guided the squad to its first NCAA Appearance during the 2005
season where his top two student-athletes were ranked among the
top-40 in the nation.
That season, Goucher was ranked in the top-30 in the NCAA
Division III polls, and Hubbard was selected as the ITA Atlantic
South Region Coach of the Year as well as Capital Athletic
Conference Coach of the Year. Hubbard guided the Gophers to a 15-4
mark during the 2003-04 season and finished 14th in the Atlantic
South Region rankings, which was the first time in program history
that the squad was ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
at the end of the season.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Goucher
College, Hubbard spent eight years as the Owner and Director of
Tournament Tough Training Center in Baltimore, where the program
trained elite junior tournament players for national, sectional and
state competition. In the program, players were mentored throughout
on-court drilling and match-play as well as off-court weight
training, conditioning, nutrition and mental training. In his time
with Tournament Tough Training Center, Hubbard produced more than
25 nationally-ranked junior players.
The UTPA head coach served as the Co-Head Coach of the USTA
Junior Player Development Area Training Center in Baltimore, MD,
from 1992-94 after he spent seven years as the Director of Tennis
at The Elkridge Club where he was responsible for developing
senior, adult and junior events, programs, clinics and
Hubbard served as the Head Tennis Professional at the Orchard
Indoor Tennis Club from 1989-93 as well as co-owned the Tennis
Institute Tennis Camp for six years. He got his start in the
coaching profession as the Assistant Tennis Professional at The
Wimbledon Racquet Club in Arlington, TX, in 1981.
He is a certified coach by the USPTA as well as a member of
the Wilson National Advisory Staff and a former member of the Board
of Directors of the USTA Player Development Area Training Center.
He has earned a USPTA (P-1) Certification.
Hubbard and his wife, Robin, were married in April of 2007.
The Retriever mentor recently earned his undergraduate degree in
general studies from UTPA and is considering furthering his
education in graduate studies at UMBC.