Thought you might like to know . . .
Manuel Diaz, Georgia’s esteemed men’s tennis coach, got his 500th career coaching victory Sunday when the Bulldogs beat Vanderbilt 4-3 in Athens.
“It means I’m getting old, that’s about it,” Diaz was quoted in a UGA release.
UGA pointed out that Diaz became the sixth Georgia coach in any sport to reach 500 career victories. Can you name all six? Answer is a few paragraphs below.
In his 22nd season as the Bulldogs’ head coach, Diaz has a career record of 500-102 with four NCAA team championships, 13 NCAA “Final Four” appearances, 12 SEC regular-season championships and seven SEC tournament titles. His team is 12-2 this season (4-0 SEC).
Sunday’s victory, by the way, extended Georgia’s home-court winning streak in men’s tennis to 71 matches, dating to 2005. The streak –- five wins short of the school-record 76-match home winning streak that ended in 1972 –- will get a big test Friday, when defending national champion Southern Cal visits the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Between them, Georgia and USC have won the past three NCAA team championships.
OK, the six UGA coaches with 500 or more career victories:
Suzanne Yoculan (gymnastics) 836; Andy Landers (women’s basketball) 748; Dan Magill (men’s tennis) 706; Jeff Wallace (women’s tennis) 534; Steve Webber (baseball) 500; Manuel Diaz (men’s tennis) 500.
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