The junior won five-consecutive matches to get to the championship
Head Coach Gordie Ernst honors Distaso, Tropiano and Caris with top awards.
Head Coach Gordie Ernst hands out top awards to Panarese, Montgomery and Sekely.
Hoyas to take on 10th-seeded Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 18, at 9 a.m.
Gordie Ernst just completed his eighth year as the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Georgetown University. He has accumulated a total of 132 win between the two programs and had 100+ BIG EAST Academic All-Stars.
In the past five seasons, Ernst has coached five All-BIG EAST performers in Charlie Caris, Lauren Greco, Victoire Saperstein, Andrew Bruhn and Stephanie Wetmore.
Ernst has also coached three student-athletes who accumulated over 100+ wins in each of their respective careers in Andrew Bruhn, Charlie Caris and Victoria Sekely.
Ernst led the women to an overall 11-11 record with a 4-3 mark in BIG EAST play during the 2013-14 season. The women earned the No. 5 seed in the BIG EAST Championships and concluded its schedule with a victory over No. 9 seed Villanova. The Georgetown men's program finished with a 8-13 overall mark including a 5-4 home record.
During the 2012-13, the women's program finished with an overall record of 15-8 which included a 6-2 home record and a 7-2 mark the road. The highlight of the season came with a signature win against nationally-ranked William and Mary. It was the first win over a ranked opponent for the women's tennis program. The Hoyas were also ranked 68 nationally during the season.
In 2011-12, Georgetown women had its best season under Ernst notching a 16-6 record as well as a mark of 5-2 in the BIG EAST Conference. The season prior, the Blue & Gray went 13-10 overall and 7-2 in conference play. The Hoyas placed sixth at the BIG EAST Tournament despite going into the championship as the eighth seed. GU moved into the final match after defeating fourth-seeded Louisville, 4-2, in the consolation bracket.
In the year of 2009-2010, he led the women's squad to an impressive late-season run as the team defeated Seton Hall, Villanova and Connecticut to narrowly miss a BIG EAST Tournament berth. The women also defeated Penn earlier in the year to get the program's first-ever victory over an Ivy League opponent.
On the men's side, the program concluded the 2012-13 year with a 12-9 overall record. The men went undefeated in BIG EAST conference play, 3-0, while accumulating 10 wins to only one loss at home. One of their home wins came at the expense of St. John's, whom they defeated for the first time since 2007.
Since 2002, Ernst has been the executive director of Vineyard Youth Tennis in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he coordinated all operational aspects of the newly-constructed four-court tennis facility for 400 junior tennis players ages 3-18. In 2004, Vineyard Youth Tennis was the recipient of the "United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Small Facility of the Year" award.
From 1998 to 2000, Ernst was the Head Men's Tennis Coach at the University of Pennsylvania where the team earned significant wins over Ivy League rivals Brown, Dartmouth and Yale. While in Philadelphia, Ernst coached the Quakers' No. 1 player, Fanda Stejskal, to the NCAA Tournament and helped the No. 2 player, Ryan Harwood, to "Regional Rookie of the Year" honors.
Ernst also instituted the "Friends of PENN Tennis", the program's fund-raising branch.
During the 1997-98 academic year, Ernst was the Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at Northwestern University, helping the Wildcats to a ranking as high as 13 ranking in the national poll. NU also made an appearance in the Big Ten Conference Championship, losing to Illinois in the Big Ten Finals.
Ernst is a 1990 graduate of Brown University, where he was a two-sport standout for the tennis and hockey teams. Despite being a 10th round draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League, Ernst chose to stay on the hardcourt and spent almost four years as an ATP Tennis Professional, where he competed in over 15 states and six countries.
In 2000, Ernst was inducted into the Cranston, Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2003 he was inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.
Ernst is married to Lisa, his wife of 14 years and the couple has two daughters, Olivia (12) and Phoebe (10). They reside in Chevy Chase, Md.
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